NSCDC impounds two truckloads of lithium, arrests five suspects

The newly commissioned Mining Marshall Squad of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has impounded two trucks loaded with lithium and arrested five suspects escorting them along Airport Road and Kuje area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)....READ FULL ARTICLE

The spokesman for the agency, Babawale Afolabi, made this known in a statement, yesterday, in Abuja.

He said efforts of the squad to curb illegal mining in Nigeria were beginning to yield results with the arrest of the five suspects and impoundment of the two trucks laden with solid minerals.

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“We have arrested five suspects for conspiring to sabotage the nation’s economy through illegal mining activities and other miscellaneous offences.

“At the point of arrest, they were conveying solid minerals identified as lithium loaded in two trucks, which were impounded along Airport Road and Kuje area of Abuja respectively,” he said.

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According to him, the need to wage war against illegal mining has become very imperative, as illegal mining constitutes one of the greatest threats to the nation’s economy and security.

“The names of the suspects arrested are Okechukwu Udoka, Chimaucheya Nwankwo, Lukman Mohammed, Rabiu Umar and SurajoIsah. During our preliminary investigation, the suspects volunteered their statements.

They admitted to illegal possession and conveyance of lithium, adding that they have been in the business of transporting lithium to needy companies while beating various security checkpoints without verification of any certification or documents.

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“Investigation has commenced into the matter after which the suspects would have their time in a court of competent jurisdiction, as this would serve as a deterrent to other criminal-minded persons,” the statement added....READ FULL ARTICLE

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