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EFCC Arrests Two Chinese Nationals, One Other For Illegal Mining In Kwara

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EFCC Arrests Two Chinese Nationals, One Other For Illegal Mining In Kwara

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Ilorin, Kwara State– The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two Chinese nationals, identified as Yang Chao, aged 39, and Xiao Jiang, aged 38 for suspected illegal mining activities in the State.

They were arrested alongside Chidi Joseph Osuji, 48, suspected to be an accomplice in the illegal business.

Acting on intelligence, the suspects were trailed to their mining sites located at Ogunmakin and Ogere, Ogun State, where they were arrested after days of surveillance.

Preliminary investigations showed that Chao and Chidi are working as factory manager and machine operator respectively with Cruis Chemical Nigeria Limited located at Ogunmakin in Ogun State, while Jiang works with John Odiba Multibiz as an assistant manager in Ogere, Ogun State.

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The suspects who operate as a cartel allegedly specialise in illegal mining of minerals such as marble stone, white powder, lithium and lepidolite, among others, which they are transporting outside the country through illegitimate means for private gains.

Investigations also linked the three suspects as owners of the solid minerals being conveyed by the 41 suspects arrested with truck loads of minerals at Share, Banni, Lade, Patigi and Okolowo in Kwara, and Igbeti and Ogbomosho in Oyo state by operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC on on February 5, 2024 . They were arrested for engaging in mining activities without requisite licences.

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In another vein, the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC have also arrested the trio of Sallah Asmau Wuraola, Owoduni Abdullahi Isa (a.k.a Bolaji) who are Point of Sale, PoS cashiers and one Shuaibu Rukayat, a nurse from Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara State, for allegedly selling new naira notes of different denominations to customers for commercial purposes.

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The arrest of the suspects followed credible intelligence on elements selling new naira notes to people at event centers, night clubs, hotels and parties without due authorization.

Wuraola and Rukayat were caught with the sum of N1,220,000 (One Million, Two hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira Only) while Isa was arrested with the sum of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) only.

The suspects would soon be charged to court.

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