EFCC Docks Driver for Alleged Illegal Mining Activities in Kwara
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on November 1, 2022
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC today arraigned a 46-year-old truck driver, Kasimu Bawa, for offences bordering on illegal mining and possession of minerals without lawful authority.
Mining without license is a criminal offence and an act of economic sabotage.
Kasimu was prosecuted on amended one-count charge before Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin.
He was the driver of the truck conveying the minerals allegedly purchased without license by the Chinese National, Dang Deng, who had been convicted and sentenced to 5years imprisonment on October 19, 2022 by same court.
The defendant was arrested by operatives of the EFCC on September 9, 2022 at Share along Tsaragi Road in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State with a truck containing 25 tons of minerals suspected to be products of illegal activities worth the sum of two point four million naira.
As reported by our correspondent, Olarotimi Oshin, the judge, in his ruling ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Correctional Centre, Ilorin and adjourned till November 4, 2022 for hearing.
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