The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested around 80 individuals suspected of illegal mining over the past ten months. This was revealed by Mr. Michael Nzekwe, the Zonal Commander in Charge of the Zone, during a visit from Mr. Abdulquawiy Olododo, the Kwara Commissioner for Solid Minerals Development.
Nzekwe detailed how intelligence had identified illegal mining operations across the state and outlined the EFCC’s efforts to combat this issue. As a result, they have apprehended no fewer than 80 individuals engaged in illegal mining, confiscating truckloads of assorted minerals.
Nzekwe emphasized the extent to which the state’s resources were being exploited by artisanal and illegal miners. If these resources were properly managed and channeled through legal means, they could significantly contribute to the state’s economy, making it self-reliant.
He acknowledged Kwara’s substantial mineral deposits and noted that the resources within the state’s 16 Local Government Areas had the potential to transform it into a prosperous region if effectively harnessed.
Nzekwe highlighted the importance of collaboration and public support in the fight against corruption and illegal mining.
Mr. Olododo reiterated the state government’s commitment to working with the EFCC to combat unauthorized mining of natural minerals in the state. He expressed the government’s awareness of the challenges the EFCC faces in this endeavor and its determination to support and complement the EFCC’s efforts. The state government aims to organize and harness the mining sector’s potential to attract both local and foreign investors.
Mr. Olododo also commended the EFCC’s ongoing anti-corruption efforts and urged continued collaboration and synergy among government agencies to advance this mission.