June 23, 2024

EFCC, NSCDC parley against illegal mining in Enugu

EFCC, NSCDC parley against illegal mining in Enugu

Glory Ebomah

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, have agreed to join forces against illegal mining, illegal oil bunkering and tax evasion in Enugu State.

This collaboration was brokered on Thursday, March 28, 2024, when the Commandant of the NSCDC in Enugu State, Commandant Otoibhi Ehi Cyprian paid a courtesy visit to the Enugu Zonal Commander of the EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE I Aliyu Nuhu Naibi in his office.

While receiving his guest, Naibi called for robust synergy between the EFCC and the NSCDC in tackling illegal mining, illegal oil bunkering and tax evasion in the state.

According to him, Enugu State will fare better with a working liaison between the EFCC and NSCDC to tackle the three economic crimes which he likened to economic sabotage.

“Illegal mining, Illegal oil bunkering and tax evasion are very crucial types of economic sabotage that we at the EFCC are seriously battling. With you, we can strategize and develop intelligence together and deal with the menace for the betterment of the people of this state”, he said.

Naibi further noted that most illegal miners are being used for money laundering and tax evasion.  “You can refer such cases to us like tax evasion. If a company is involved in mining, whether it is legal or illegal, we want to know whether it is paying tax. That is an area of concern to us. We also want to know if the company is being used to launder money because some of them hide under mining and you will see a lot of money passing through the company, but the truth of the matter is that they are laundering money for other people”, he said.

He urged the NSCDC’s boss to deepen intelligence sharing with the EFCC, stressing that, “You may go to do your own work and in the process of doing your work, you see what concerns us as well, you tell us, and we will act immediately”.

Earlier in his speech, Cyprian said he was in the Enugu Command to seek partnership and collaboration to enable him to succeed in the state.

“The essence of my visit is to seek for synergy, collaboration and effective cooperation. I’m here to partner and solicit for closer relationships for us to secure our mandates and also sustain our existing relationship”, he said.

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