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Mining marshals arrest 3 suspects with 2000 tonnes of illegally mined lithium 

by Business News Report

WITH the resolve to rid the nation’s solid minerals sector of illegal miners and criminals, the Mining marshals, a specialized unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has arrested three suspects with 2000 illegally mined lithium in Gaube, Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja. The operation, carried out by the Mining Marshals led by Assistant Commandant John Onoja Attah, was made possible through meticulous intelligence gathering and surveillance which led to their arrest and sealing of the illegal mining site. The Mining Marshals, a specialised unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have been working tirelessly to identify and dismantle illegal mining operations across the country.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects lacked any documentation authorising their mining activities on the site. Furthermore, a legitimate mining company with the necessary permits for the same location was unable to access the site due to the illegal miners’ activities and resistance. Attah said “this is a clear case of illegal miners displacing lawful miners and investors, which will not be tolerated. The suspects, who voluntarily confessed to the offence of illegal mining, admitted to having been operating on the site for over a year. And, at the time of their arrest, over 2,000 tonnes of lithium was on the ground, highlighting the scale of the illegal operation. Whereas, we met about 2000 tons of lithium on the ground, the quantity of lithium mined since commencement of Operation can’t be quantified as they were not being recorded due to the illegality of their mining operations.”

Meanwhile, the seized minerals and equipment on site have been marked as exhibits for prosecution, and further investigations are ongoing to uncover the extent of the illegal activities. The Commander of the Mining Marshals also emphasised that this crackdown is part of a broader effort to combat revenue loss in the mining sector of Nigeria. The success of this operation is attributed to the collaborative efforts of the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake and the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, OFR. The operation, code-named “OPERATION HAYAKIN KOGO,” aims to rid the mining sector of illegal activities and promote a more secure and prosperous industry. This operation sends a strong message to illegal miners and investors that the federal government will no longer tolerate illegal activities that undermine the growth and development of the mining sector.

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