Some residents of Bong County have hinted the Insight that several individuals believed to be foreigners are involved with illicit mining operations for diamonds and golds in Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County.
The residents who begged for anonymity for security reason disclosed that the illicit mining operations are being carried out on a daily basis by the foreigners at the bank of the St. John River in that part of the County.
According to our informers, the movement and activities of the foreigners who are said to be nationals of some West African States have effectively created fear and apprehension among residents of Kokoyah District.
The residents are calling on the central government through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and other concerned agencies of government to promptly investigate the situation for appropriate action as Liberia’s precious diamonds and golds are being pillaged through illicit mining.
The citizens have also called on Bong County Legislature Caucus to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted with respect to the illicit mining operations in the district.
“The foreigners are taking away our natural resources from the district for their own pecuniary gains. So we want our lawmakers from the county to strongly intervene by arresting the situation,” one resident told our Bong County Correspondent through a mobile phone yesterday.
The Commissioner of Kokoyah District, Madam Mary Kwenah, could not be reached up to press time yesterday by our correspondent for comment on the alleged illicit manning activities in the district by foreigners.
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