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  • Updated: May 29, 2024

EFCC nabs seven for illegal mining activities

EFCC nabs seven for illegal mining activities

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has apprehended seven individuals for engaging in illegal mining activities, and two others for attempting to bribe EFCC operatives with N1.2 million.

Following credible intelligence and days of surveillance, the arrests were made in Ogbomosho, Oyo State.

 The suspects include Waliyu Abidoye, Abubakar Auwal, Abdulrauf Hakim, Sabiu Usman, Salihu Godwin, Dauda Mohammed, and Olalekan Aremu.

During the operation, five truckloads of various minerals suspected to be lepidolite, lithium, precious stones, and others were confiscated from the suspects.

Investigations revealed that the suspects were not licensed miners and  did not have requisite authority to purchase and  possess the minerals.  They were also not paying royalties to the Federal and States Governments, as required by law.

The Commission also arrested two other persons, Faleti Waheed and Noah Olalekan who allegedly offered N1.2million bribe to the operatives in order to secure the release of one of the sized trucks.

The duo of Waheed and Olalekan approached the EFCC operatives at the point of arrest and negotiated to give them money in order to have their seized truck released. The officers played along and got the suspects arrested at the point of delivering the money.

The sum of N995,500, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Five Thousand, Five Hundred Naira, only was recovered from Waheed who claimed to be a manager at a filling station in Ogbomosho while the sum of N201,000, Two Hundred and One Thousand Naira, only was recovered from Olalekan who claimed to be a scavenger.

The suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of ongoing investigations.

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