Illegal Mining: EFCC Arrest 13 Chinese in Kwara

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By Kasim Isa Muhammad

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has apprehended 13 Chinese nationals in Ilorin, Kwara State, for engaging in illegal mining activities.

The suspects, consisting of 12 men and a woman, were taken into custody on July 12, 2023, at the Government Reserved Area, G.R.A Ilorin, based on credible intelligence.

TCR gathered that their actions, which included illegal mining and failure to pay royalties to the Federal Government as required by the law, violate Section 1(8) (b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, 1983.

According to Mr Wilson Uwuajaren, the Head of Media and Publicity at EFCC, the arrested individuals 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), Ma Jan (38), Wendy Wei Suqin (31), Li Zhinguo Wei (29), and Xie Zhinguo (53).

He said investigations had revealed that illegal mining operations were widespread across the 16 Local Government Areas of Kwara State.

Wilson added that the suspects confessed to being employed by a Chinese company, W. Mining Global Service Limited, situated in Olayinka, Ifelodun Local Government Area.

“The company was reportedly using the illegally mined crude to produce marble for local sale in Nigeria. It was further discovered that some of the suspects did not possess work permits but had entered the country with visit peI I omit from China to Abuja, then travelled to Ilorin by road.” He concluded.

It could be recalled that over the past eight months, the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC had arrested 80 illegal operators and seized 24 truckloads of assorted minerals.

TCR noted that, in a previous case, the EFCC arrested a Chinese national, Dang Deng, on September 10, 2022, who was later convicted on October 19, 2022, for possessing 25 tons of various crude minerals.

The EFCC emphasized its commitment to combating corruption and eliminating the activities of illegal mining operators, which pose a significant threat to both the local and national economies.

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