EFCC arrests 2 Chinese, 1 other for illegal mining

February 18, 2024
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Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested two Chinese, Yang Chao, 39, and Xiao Jiang 38 for alleged illegal mining activities.

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

This was disclosed in a statement shared on the EFCC Facebook page on Sunday.

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

The statement read, “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.

“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. The suspects would soon be charged to court.”

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