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EFCC arrests 2 Chinese nationals over illegal mining

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has arrested two Chinese nationals, Yang Chao, 39, and…

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has arrested two Chinese nationals, Yang Chao, 39, and Xiao Jiang, 38, for alleged illegal mining activities.

They were arrested alongside Chidi Joseph Osuji, 48, suspected to be an accomplice in the illegal business.

Besides, the commission said it also apprehended Sallah Asmau Wuraola, Owoduni Abdullahi Isa (Bolaji) both Point of Sale (PoS) cashiers and one Shuaibu Rukayat, a nurse from Ilorin South Local Government Area for allegedly selling new naira notes of different denominations to customers for commercial purposes.

The EFCC said both breakthroughs were made possible following credible intelligence.

On the illegal mining, the anti-graft body said the suspects were trailed to their mining sites in Ogun State, where they were arrested after days of surveillance.

In a statement on Sunday evening by its head of media and publicity, Dele Oyewale, EFCC said preliminary investigations showed that Chao and Chidi worked as factory manager and machine operator respectively with Cruis Chemical Nigeria Limited located in Ogun State.

He said Jiang works with John Odiba Multibiz as an assistant manager in Ogere, Ogun State.

Oyewale said the suspects in the case of the currency racketeering allegedly sold new naira notes to people at event centres, nightclubs, hotels, and parties without due authorisation.

He said the suspects would soon be charged in court.

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