Chinese Arrested for Illegal mining

The Mining Marshals of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC have arrested no fewer than four Chinese, at an illegal mining site where lithium is sold at Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Babawale Afolabi, the spokesman of the NSCDC, while disclosing this in a statement on Saturday, said, “Following the commissioning of some specially trained NSCDC personnel as Federal Government Mining Marshals, the team has intensified efforts to clamp down on illegal miners sabotaging the economy of the nation.

“The Mining Marshalls with a renewed vigour swung into action following credible intelligence and uncovered an illegal mining site where lithium is sold at Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

“During the sting operation, the squad arrested four Chinese nationals who through preliminary investigation admitted that they were running an illegal site used for selling lithium,” the statement said.

The Mining Marshall Commander, ACC. Attah John Onoja, said the minerals in question were seized in line with the provisions of Section 146 (b) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2007, adding that the arrest of the Chinese followed their refusal to honour invitation for questioning.

Onoja also said an application would be lodged in court for forfeiture of the impounded lithium minerals while the proceeds would be remitted to the Federal Government.

According to him, preliminary investigations have unearthed where the minerals were being disposed of without the required license.

He said, “The arrested suspects have confessed to the crime, admitting that they held no certificate or license to deal in the solid minerals.

“The suspects are running a business venture identified as HOSAN AGRO-ALLIED COMPANY LTD which was registered to deal in agricultural-related activities.”

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