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Kwara: 13 Chinese in EFCC net over illegal minning



Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 13 Chinese nationals, over alleged illegal mining activities, in the state.


This is contained in a statement by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, Spokesperson of the commission in Ilorin, on Thursday.


The suspects are; Guo Ya Wang 36, Lizli Hui 42, Guo Jian Rong 36, Lizh Shen Xianian 37, Lishow Wu 26, Guo Pan 38, Lia Meiyu 53, Guo Kai Quan 36, Lin Pan 50.


It stated that the suspects comprise of a female and 12 male and they were arrested on July 12, at the Government Reserved Area, G.R.A Ilorin.


“This is following credible intelligence about their activities which included but not limited to, illegal mining, non-payment of royalties to the federal government as required by law.


Others included, Ma Jan 38, Wendy Wei Suqin 31, Li Zhinguo Wei 29 and Xie 53.


The Spokesperson narrated their arrest, discrete investigations on the activities of illegal mining operators in Kwara.


The statement revealed that the operators have different illegal mining sites in almost all the 16 Local Government Areas of the State.


Upon interrogation, the arrested suspects confessed to be workers of a Chinese Company known as W. Mining Global Service Limited, situated at Olayinka in Ifelodun Local Government Area 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 work permit, but came with visit permit from China to Abuja and traveled by road to Ilorin.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Acting Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulkarim Chukkol had of recent, lamented the activities of illegal mining operators in some parts of the country..


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


Within the last eight months, no fewer than 80 illegal operators have been arrested by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC and 24 truckloads of assorted minerals impounded.


The Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC had on Sept. 10, 2022 arrested a Chinese National, Dang Deng, managing director of Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd, for being in possession of 25 tons of assorted crude minerals.


The man was convicted on Oct. 19, 2022 before Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Ilorin.

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