A joint security task force comprising all the security agencies, on Wednesday swooped on a mining site in Nasarawa State and arrested three Chinese nationals and 18 other suspects said to be collaborating with armed bandits.
According to the State Police Command, the team recorded the successful arrest of about 21 illegal miners on the sites including foreign nationals.
The Command further said that most of the arrested suspects were from the contiguous States, confessing to have enjoyed unfiltered cooperation with the head of the local community, who was immediately taken into custody alongside the arrested suspects.
The Command said most of the arrested suspects were from the contiguous states, confessing to have enjoyed unfiltered cooperation with the head of the local community, who was immediately taken into custody alongside the arrested suspects.
Upon arrest, exhibits recovered included refined and unrefined gold, two gold weighing scales, criminal charms, 17 mobile phones, four motorcycles, two dane guns, shovels, cutlasses, two pumping machines, one generator, substances suspected to be cannabis and other forms of hard drugs.
“The three male Chinese national suspects arrested in connection with the offences will be officially handed over to the Nigeria Immigration Service with a view of establishing their immigration status in Nigeria”, it said.
It said the two suspects linked with the possession of the aforementioned drugs would be handed over to the NDLEA, adding that the suspects would be charged to court upon completion of investigation.
“The FCT Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday, while registering the command’s unflinching commitment to the crusade against crime and criminality in the state, urged residents not to relent in cooperating with the police”, it said.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP), Usman Baba, has warned directing and administrative staff of Police Colleges against extortion of the 10,000 police recruits billed to commence training on January 10 for the 2020/2021 training exercise.