Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara state, has sentenced one Buba Muhammed, a 37-year-old truck-driver, to one-year imprisonment for unlawfully possessing solid minerals without lawful authority.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of the truck used as means of transportation of the illegally acquired minerals to the federal government after they were confirmed by the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) to be lepidolite, montmorillonite and chrysocolla.
Lepidolite is one of the raw materials usually transported outside the country for production of batteries for vehicles, cell phones, cameras and other electronic devices.
Buba, a father of six with two wives, began his journey to the Nigerian Correctional Centre on August 30, 2022 when he was arrested by operatives of the Ilorin zonal command of the EFCC, while acting on credible intelligence at Lade, Pategi local government area of Kwara state.
As reported by our correspondent olarotimi oshin , the convict was prosecuted on one-count charge by the anti-graft agency, to which he pleaded guilty upon arraignment.