Seven suspected illegal miners arrested in the Western North Region



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Accra, Sept. 10, GNA – Operation Vanguard
Personnel in a two-day patrol have arrested seven suspected illegal miners
within the general area of Bodi District in the Western North Region.

The suspects, who were all locals, have been
handed over to the local police.

This was contained in a statement issued to
the Ghana News Agency by Captain Andy Sowatey, Public Relations Officer of
Operation Vanguard.

“All the seven have since been granted
bill and are awaiting court dates for their cases.

“For the time being, the Taskforce
prosecutor in the Western Region will continue to monitor the case
closely,” the statement said.

The statement said in other operations
conducted since September 1, some 29 suspected illegal miners have been
arrested in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions.

It said three Chinese nationals who were
apprehended in the Amansie Central District have been handed over to the Inter-
Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).

It added that the twenty-six other suspects
made up of 13 Nigeriens and 13 locals were handed over to the IMCIM and local
police respectively.

“In addition to the suspects that were
picked up, a number of equipment were also seized; two excavators, a Mitsubishi
pick-up truck, a heavy wielding machine, 17 changfans, a locally manufactured rifle
and several miscellaneous tools were confiscated from the suspected illegal
miners and a number of abandoned sites,” the statement said.



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