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Illegal mining: Group drums support for EFCC

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Illegal mining: Group drums support for EFCC

The Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for tackling illegal mining activities and non-payment of royalties to the Federal Government.

The Chairman of the group who doubles as the chairman, of Nigeria Mining and Geo-science Society (MGS), Ilorin Chapter, Mr Abdulraman Ottan, made the commendation during a solidarity visit to the commission’s zonal command in Ilorin on Wednesday.

Ottan declared support for the intervention of the EFCC in regulating the mining sector, which he described as a “bold step”.

He expressed the readiness of the committee to collaborate and partner with the commission while urging every sector of the economy to work with the anti-graft agency in order to rid the country of corruption.

“Our committee is very happy and pleased with your recent actions on the mining transactions within the state, specifically, the illegal mining of lithium ore within Pategi Local Government Area, and wish to pledge our total support in ensuring the success of this very necessary but long overdue exercise.

“This action is quite laudable and has projected Kwara State as a mineral producing state, with high socio-economic consequences, which serves as a signal that the Nigeria mining space must be sanitised to achieve the desired economic benefits.

“Illegal mining is the worst thing that can happen to any economy, it is not only economic sabotage, but one that causes a lot of socio-economic destruction, insecurity, banditry and a host of other vices,” he said.

Responding, the Zonal Commander, Mr Michael Nzekwe, expressed delight with the visit, saying there is still hope for Nigeria.

Nzekwe said that the action of the commission to clamp down on suspected illegal miners in the state was not to witch-hunt but to regulate the sector and ensure that the right thing was done in line with the mandate of the commission.

He appealed to the public to support the EFCC in its efforts to fight corruption and make Nigeria a better place.

“The EFCC has seen that there are enormous mineral deposits in Kwara and if rightfully put to use, the state can become a small London,” he said.

The newsmen recall that the EFCC recently moved against illegal mining business in Kwara, resulting in the arrest of no fewer than 45 suspected illegal miners.

The operation also led to the seizure of 14 trucks loaded with assorted crude minerals being smuggled out of the state for sale outside the country.

 

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Francis Ogu, 65-year-old Cleric Docked For Allegedly Defiling 10-year-old Girl

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Francis Ogu, 65-year-old Cleric Docked For Allegedly Defiling 10-year-old Girl

 A 65-year-old cleric, Francis Ogu, was on Wednesday docked in the Children, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Offences Court in Awka, for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old domestic worker.

The police charged Ogu, who resides at Umuike village in Awka, with defilement.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp Chinyere Okechukwu, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 27 at his residence.

The police alleged that the accused sexually exploited the minor.

The offence, she said, contravened the provisions of Section 35(2) of the Child Rights Laws of Anambra State, 2004.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Genevieve Osakwe admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.

Osakwe adjourned the case until Aug. 21 for a hearing.

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Man, 27, Docked For Allegedly Stealing Pot Of Soup In Ibadan

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Man, 27, Docked For Allegedly Stealing Pot Of Soup In Ibadan

…As 3 arraigned over alleged stealing, housebreaking

The growing hunger in the country may have attained a new dimension as One Adewale Ogundeji, 27, was on Wednesday, dragged before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, charged with stealing a pot of soup and other valuables.

Ogundeji, whose address was not provided, was charged with housebreaking and stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, ASP Anthony Igori told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 6, at about 1.30 p.m., at Balogun Road, Oke Ibadan, near Oje market.

Igori said that the defendant allegedly broke into the house of one Mrs Tobiyat Yusuf and stole her pot of soup, N20,000 cash, MP3 player and memory card, among other items.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 411 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The Magistrate, Mr Olaolu Olanipekun granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 and one surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case until July 25 for a hearing. 

In another development, the police on Wednesday arraigned three suspects: Sadare Idowu, 46, David Terdoo, 24 and Chinedu Emmanuel, 42, before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan over an alleged stealing and housebreaking.

The defendants, whose house addresses were not provided, are facing charges bordering on alleged stealing and housebreaking.

The prosecutor, Insp. Akeem Akinloye told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Nov. 27, 2023, in Apata area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

Akinloye said the defendants allegedly broke into the house of one Mr Ademola Adebowale and stole his valuables worth N3.22 million.

The valuables, he said included: clothes, jewellery, a generator, a television, Closed-Circuit Television gadgets and a phone, among others.

He said the offences contravened Sections 411 and 390(9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olabisi Ogunkanmi, granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N750,000 with two reliable sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case until Oct. 28, for hearing. 

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Chinese Customs Catches Man With Over 100 Live Snakes In His Trousers

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Chinese Customs Catch Man With Over 100 Live Snakes In His Trousers

…The snakes include 5 different species, including corn snakes and triangle snakes

Chinese Customs have detained a man trying to smuggle more than 100 live snakes into mainland China in his trouser pockets.

The man was recently caught by officials at Futian Harbour on the border between the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, authorities said.

During an inspection, customs officials found six taped-up cloth bags containing numerous colourful snakes hidden in the traveller’s lower clothing.

According to a statement by the customs, it was revealed that the man was carrying 104 snakes of five different species, including corn snakes and triangle snakes.

Neither of which are found in China, but in North and Central America.

A video released by the customs office showed the man trying to pass through the undeclared goods corridor.

It also showed customs officers examining six large plastic bags into which the squirming reptiles appeared to have been later placed.

China’s laws prohibit the import of non-native animals.

Anyone who violates this will be held accountable, the customs report continued, without specifying what penalties the man would face. 

– dpa

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