By Ahmed Ajikobi
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) together with the Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC)and the Federal Mines and Steel Development have arrested thirteen suspected illegal miners operating in Kakafu village in Pategi Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The suspects are, Buba Mohammed, Yusuf Umar, Surajo Shehu, Abubakar Abdullahi, Salisu Mohammed, Quadri Sulaiman and Nwafor Chinonso.
The Suspects were arrested on Tuesday during a joint operation which followed credible intelligence received by the EFCC over some suspected illegal miners operating in the area.
According to the NSCDC spokesperson, Kwara state command, Ayeni Olasunkanmi,
Other arrested suspects are, Abdullahi Isa, Mustapha Mohammed, Buhari Hassan, Basiru Jafaru, Murtala Jafaru and Jafaru Abdullahi.
“Five (5) trucks fully loaded with different brands of solid minerals were recovered from the suspects.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects were not paying royalties to the Federal Government as required by law.
“The suspects will soon be charged to Court upon the conclusion of the ongoing investigation,” Olasunkanmi said.
It would be recalled that the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC and NSCDC had last Thursday August, 25 2022 intensified efforts to tackle illegal mining in the State.