Not less than three Chinese nationals, suspected to be illegal miners in Osun have been apprehended by the Western Nigeria Security Network, code-named: ‘Amotekun Corps’.
20 locals were also arrested by the Corps during a sting operation led by its Director-General, Amitolu Shittu, who stormed Ido-oko, an agrarian community in the Ilesa axis.
It was also gathered that the sting operation was a follow-up on an intelligence report, which indicated that illegal mining activities were being carried out within the community.
Those Nigerians rounded up at the site include 16 northerners and four southerners, as a serving senator in the state, Francis Fadahaunsi was allegedly fingered in the sabotage, through an Abuja-based businessman, popularly known as Eng. Paul.
The Amotekun boss later handed over the three Chinese Nationals to Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie, late Thursday night.
Newsmen learned that the Chinese Nationals were later moved to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) in the Command.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, the Chinese Nationals were yet to produce their working permit and other documents requested by the Police.
Speaking with the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Yemisi Opalola, she said the case has been forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), adding that investigation has earnestly commenced.