Thirteen illegal miners have been arrested through the joint effort of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Kwara State Command.
The suspected illegal miners were arrested by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the anti-graft agency while operating in Kakafu village in Pategi Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The suspects were arrested on Tuesday August 30, 2022, following credible intelligence received by the EFCC over some suspected illegal miners operating in the area.
The suspects are, Buba Mohammed, Yusuf Umar, Surajo Shehu, Abubakar Abdullahi, Salisu Mohammed, Quadri Sulaiman and Nwafor Chinonso.
Others include Abdullahi Isa, Mustapha Mohammed, Buhari Hassan, Basiru Jafaru, Murtala Jafaru and Jafaru Abdullahi.
Five trucks fully loaded with different brands of solid minerals were recovered from the suspects, according to a statement by the Media Unit of the Zonal Command in Ilorin on Wednesday.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects were not paying royalties to the Federal Government as required by law, the statement added.
The suspects will soon be charged to Court upon the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.
DAILY POST recalls that the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC and NSCDC Kwara Command, had last Thursday, August, 25 2022 intensified efforts to tackle illegal mining in the state.