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EFCC apprehends chinese nationals in illegal mining bust

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The Ilorin zonal command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has apprehended two Chinese nationals, Yang Chao (39) and Xiao Jiang (38), alongside Chidi Joseph Osuji (48), suspected of engaging in illegal mining activities in Kwara State.

According to Dele Oyewale, the head of media and publicity for the EFCC, the arrests were made following intelligence reports, and the suspects were traced to their mining sites in Ogunmakin and Ogere, Ogun state. The trio was taken into custody after days of surveillance.

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“Preliminary investigations showed that Chao and Chidi are working as a 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,” Oyewale stated.

The suspects are alleged to operate as a cartel specializing in the illegal mining of minerals such as marble stone, white powder, lithium, and lepidolite. These minerals are transported outside the country through illegitimate means for private gains. The investigation also linked them to the ownership of solid minerals confiscated from 41 suspects in Kwara and Oyo states on February 5, 2024, for engaging in mining activities without requisite licenses.

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In a separate development, the EFCC’s Ilorin Zonal Command has arrested Sallah Asmau Wuraola and Owoduni Abdullahi Isa, who are Point of Sale (PoS) cashiers, and Shuaibu Rukayat, a nurse from Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara state. They are accused of selling new naira notes of various denominations to customers for commercial purposes without proper authorization.

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The arrests followed credible intelligence on individuals selling new naira notes at event centers, nightclubs, hotels, and parties. Wuraola and Rukayat were found with N1,220,000, while Isa was arrested with N150,000. The suspects will soon face charges in court, according to the EFCC statement.

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