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Illegal mining: NSCDC arrests 2 suspects in Anambra



The Anambra Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has arrested two suspects for allegedly engaging in illegal mining activities in the state.

NSCDC Commandant in the state, Olatunde Maku, parading the suspects on Wednesday in Awka, said the suspects were arrested on Tuesday following credible intelligence.

Maku said his team arrested Madueke Akpuchukwu, 53, from Awomama in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State and Chimezie Ezenduka, 54, of No 4 Mekus Drive Federal Housing, Onitsha.

He said the suspects were arrested at Igbariam while conveying suspected 600 bags of solid mineral (Kaolin) without relevant permit.

“Preliminary investigations showed that a 40-ton truck, with no registration number, was loaded with 600 bags of Kaolin and covered with tarpaulin to disguise as cement consignment.

“The solid minerals, valued at N20,204, 400, was excavated around a sealed site at Nando in Anambra East Local Government Area and being transported outside the state without waybill or licence,” he said.

Maku said that illegal mining had been prohibited in Anambra under Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s administration to block revenue leakage.

According to him, NSCDC will continue to check the activities of illegal mining across the state.

“The Corps will be unrelenting in discharging its core mandate of checkmating and flushing out illegal miners from the state.

“They should either relocate from the state or stop immediately before the long arm of the law catches up with them.

“These suspects will be arraigned in court at the end of ongoing investigations,” he said.

The Commandant urged residents to report illegal mining activities within their domains and unlawful mineral related practices and environmental degradation for prompt response.

One of the suspects, Akpuchukwu, admitted that he has been in the business of transporting Kaolin to companies for eight years without any certification as a licensed miner.

Lucy Osuizigbo-okechukwu

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