By Mujidat Oyewole, Ilorin.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday announced the arrest of 13 suspected illegal miners in Kwara State.
The suspects were allegedly operating in Kakafu village, Pategi Local Government Area of the state.
A statement issued in Ilorin by Mr Ayeni Olasunkanmi, the Public Relation Officer of NSCDC in Kwara, said that five trucks, conveying assorted mineral resources, were also impounded.
Olasunkanmi said that the suspects were arrested on Tuesday by a team of operatives of the NSCDC and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as well as officials of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
He added that the operation followed credible intelligence report received by the EFCC regarding the activities of some suspected illegal miners in the area.
According to him, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects have not been paying royalties to the Federal Government, as required by law.
Olasunkanmi said that the suspects would soon be charged to court after the conclusion of ongoing investigations.