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EFCC Arrests 13 Chinese Over Illegal Mining In Nigeria | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Jul 13, 2023



Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), have arrested 13 Chinese Nationals over offences bordering on illegal mining activities, in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The offence is contrary to, and punishable under Section 1(8) (b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, 1983.

The suspects, a female and 12 males were arrested on Wednesday at the Government Reserved Area (GRA) Ilorin, the state capital following credible intelligence about their activities which included but not limited to, illegal mining and non-payment of royalties to the Federal Government as required by law.

The suspects 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).

Others are Ma Jan (38), Wendy Wei Suqin (31), Li Zhinguo Wei (29) and Xie Zhinguo (53).

Prior to their arrest, discrete investigations on the activities of illegal mining operators in the state revealed that the suspects have different illegal mining sites in almost all the 16 local government areas of the state.

Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to be workers of a Chinese Company known as W. Mining Global Service Limited situated at Olayinka community in Ifelodun local government area of the state.

It was gathered that the company was using the illegally mined crude to produce marble and sell locally within Nigeria.

Findings also revealed that some of the suspects working in the said company were without ‘work permit’, but only came with ‘visit permit’ from China to Abuja and traveled by road to Ilorin.

By Abdullahi Olesin

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