Tayo Busayo – The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in collaboration with the Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) and the Federal Mines and Steel Development, have arrested thirteen suspected illegal miners operating in Kakafu village in Pategi LGA of the state.


The suspects according to the EFCC were arrested on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, during a joint operation which followed a 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 are: Abdullahi Isa, Mustapha Mohammed, Buhari Hassan, Basiru Jafaru, Murtala Jafaru and Jafaru Abdullahi.


Five (5) trucks fully loaded with different brands of solid minerals were recovered from the suspects.


Preliminary investigations have revealed that the suspects were not paying royalties to the Federal Government as required by law.


The EFCC, however, said the suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.


Recall that the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC and NSCDC had last Thursday, August 25, 2022, intensified efforts to tackle illegal mining in the State.