Illegal Mining: EFCC Arrests 5 with Truckloads of Solid Minerals

Five people conveying three truckloads of assorted solid minerals suspected to be mined without an appropriate licence have been arreted by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission along Maraba road, Ilorin Kwara State and Ogbomosho, Oyo State between March 21 – 22, 2024.

The suspected illegal miners were arrested by operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of EFCC following credible intelligence and surveillance, the spokesperson for the anti-graft agency, Dele Oyewale said in a sentence.

According to the statement, the suspect three truck drivers and two truck boys were conveying solid minerals suspected to be marble stone, white powder, lithium and lepidolite, to Shagamu and Alakija in Ogun and Lagos States respectively for commercial purposes without a requisite licence.

The Ilorin Zonal Command had also on February 5, 2024 arrested 41 persons over suspected illegal mining activities and impounded 12 truckloads of assorted minerals mined without an appropriate licence.

EFCC said the suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigations.