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EFCC arrests Chinese national over ‘illegal mining’ in Ilorin

The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 29-year-old Chinese, Gang Deng, for alleged illegal mining in Ilorin. According to a statement by…

The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 29-year-old Chinese, Gang Deng, for alleged illegal mining in Ilorin.

According to a statement by the Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, made available to Daily Trust in Ilorin on Saturday, Deng was arrested on Friday and found to be in possession of crude minerals without authority.

“A truckload of minerals suspected to be lepidolite was recovered from him.

“The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” the commission said.

The arrest of the Chinese is coming ahead of the commission’s recent clampdown on illegal mining in the state.

Last month, 13 illegal miners were arrested in collaboration with the Kwara State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in Kakafu, Pategi Local Government Area of the State.