Illegal mining: EFCC arrests 2 Chinese, another in Ilorin


Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested two Chinese – Yang Chao, 39, and Xiao Jiang 38 for suspected illegal mining activities.

They were arrested alongside  Chidi Joseph Osuji, 48, suspected to be an accomplice in the illegal business.  

A statment  by the command’s Head, media and  publicity, Dele Oyewale, Sunday stated that “acting on ntelligence, the suspects were trailed to their mining sites located at Ogunmakin and Ogere, Ogun state, where they were arrested after days of surveillance. 

“Preliminary investigations showed that Chao and Chidi are working as 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.

“The suspects who operate as a cartel allegedly specialise in illegal mining of minerals such as marble stone, white powder, lithium and lepidolite, among others, which they are  transporting outside the country through illegitimate means for private gains. 

“Investigations also linked the three suspects  as owners of the solid minerals being conveyed by the 41 suspects arrested with truck loads  of minerals at Share, Banni, Lade, Patigi and Okolowo in Kwara, and Igbeti and Ogbomosho in Oyo state by operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC on on February 5, 2024 . They were arrested for engaging in mining activities without requisite licences.”

In another vein, the command has also arrested the trio of Sallah Asmau Wuraola, Owoduni Abdullahi Isa (a.k.a Bolaji) who are Point of Sale, PoS cashiers and one Shuaibu Rukayat, a nurse from Ilorin South local government area of Kwara state, for allegedly selling new naira notes of  different denominations to customers for commercial purposes.

The EFCC said arrest of the suspects followed credible intelligence on elements selling new naira notes to people at event centers, night clubs, hotels and parties without due authorisation. 

It stated that “Wuraola and Rukayat were caught with the sum of N1,220,000 (One Million, Two hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira Only) while Isa was arrested with the sum of N150,000.

“The suspects would soon be charged to court’.