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13 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal mining: EFCC.

Illegal mining and non-payment of royalties to the Federal Government.



This was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, in Ilorin on Thursday, July 13, 2023.

The suspects, comprising a female and 12 males, were arrested near the EFCC office at the Government Reserved Area of Ilorin on Wednesday.

“This came about following credible intelligence about their activities, which included but were not limited to illegal mining, non-payment of royalties to the Federal Government as required by law,” the spokesman stated.


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Uwujaren added that their arrest resulted from discreet investigations into the activities of illegal mining operators in Kwara.

He revealed that the operators have illegal mining sites in almost all of the state’s 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

“Upon interrogation, the arrested suspects confessed to being workers of a Chinese company known as W. Mining Global Service Limited, situated at Olayinka in Ifelodun LGA of the state.

“It was gathered that the company was using the illegally-mined crude to produce marble and sell locally within Nigeria.

“Findings also revealed that some of the suspects working in the company were without a work permit but came with a visit permit from China to Abuja and travelled by road to Ilorin,” Uwujaren added.

This development followed a recent lamentation by the Acting Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulkarim Chukkol, over the activities of illegal mining operators in some parts of the country.

He described the act as a grave threat to the local and national economy.

Reports show that in recent months, no fewer than 80 illegal operators have been arrested by EFCC’s Ilorin Zonal Command, and 24 truckloads of assorted minerals have been impounded.

On Sept. 10, 2022, the Command arrested a Chinese national, Dang Deng, the Managing Director of Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd., for possessing 25 tons of assorted crude minerals.

He was convicted on Oct. 19 by Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court in Ilorin.


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