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EFCC intercepts 3 trucks, arrest 5 over illegal mining in Kwara, Oyo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has again arrested five persons for being in possession and conveyance of three truckloads of assorted solid minerals mined without licence.

The EFCC operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command effected the arrest of the suspected illegal miners include Dauda Suleiman, Quadri Oladimeji, Abubakar Alhassan, Anas Sanusi, and Auwal Garba.

The suspects are truck drivers except Quadri Oladimeji and Auwal Garba, who are truck boys.

The EFCC operatives arrested the suspects along Maraba Road, Ilorin, Kwara State and Ogbomoso, Oyo State, between March 21 and 22, 2024.

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The suspects were arrested while conveying solid minerals suspected to be marble stone, white powder, lithium, and lepidolite to Shagamu and Alakija in Ogun and Lagos State, respectively, for commercial purposes without license.

Details of the trucks recovered from the suspects showed that Dauda, Abubakar, and Anas were each carrying a truck with registration numbers JJJ 206 YG, Lagos; T24413 LA, Lagos and KNT 635 XP, Niger, respectively.

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It could be recalled that the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC, had on February 5, 2024, arrested 41 persons over suspected illegal mining activities and impounded 12 truckloads of assorted minerals mined without license.

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The latest arrest brings to 46 the number of persons arrested, and 15 vehicles impounded in the last one month over similar offences.

It was gathered the suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of ongoing investigations.


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