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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.

According to the Commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, they were arrested alongside  Chidi Joseph Osuji, 48, suspected to be an accomplice in the illegal business.  

 “Acting on intelligence, the suspects were trailed to their mining sites located at Ogunmakin and Ogere, Ogun State, where they were arrested after days of surveillance,” Mr Oyewale said.

“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.”

He also said the suspects would soon be charged to court.

 The EFCC also said its operatives at the Port Harcourt Zonal Command arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters at an apartment in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

 They were arrested on Tuesday,  February 13, 2024  following actionable intelligence received by the Command regarding their suspicious activities. 

Specifically,  the seven suspects were arrested at their hideout in Dowoo Road by Ox-Bow Lake, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State

 Items recovered from them are laptops and phones.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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