The miners whose ages range between 16 and 23 years were packed and hidden in a truck. They were stopped by men of Amotekun Corps on enforcement of border closure in Ikire town.
The Director-General of Amotekun Corps in Osun state, Mr Amitolu Shittu, explained that another 10 youths were stopped after they disembarked from the vehicle that conveyed them to the state, making them 63.
Shittu said the 63 youths identified themselves as labourers who worked in mining sites in Zamfara State. He added that the youths were heading to mining sites in Ilesha and Ile-Ife.
“Our men at a roadblock in Ikire intercepted the truck where 53 youths from Zamfara were hiding, and while they were being checked, another 10 youths from the same state who were about to walk past the roadblock were also stopped."