Four Nigerians jailed for mining gold in Atewa Forest

Four Nigerians jailed for mining gold in Atewa Forest

- Four Nigerians have been jailed for illegally mining in the Atewa Forest

- These Nigerians have been jailed for up to 40 years with a fine of Ghc120,000 each

- The Atewa Forest has been the spotlight over the past months following issues of mining there.

Four Nigerians have been jailed for illegally mining in one of the largest forest reserves in the country.

The Ahwenease portion of the Atewa forest reserve is said to have illegally been mining in the forest without a permit. To this end, all four of them have been slapped with a 40-year jail sentence with a fine of Ghc120,000 each.

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All four Nigerians, Ibrahim Dramani, 33, Osman Mumuni,25, Adams Ali,20 and Amidu Aboubacar,30 are expected to work in hard labour.

According to the Begoro District Manager of the Forestry Commission, Kwame Oteng Awuah, these illegal miners sneaked into the forest reserve to dig gold but were subsequently arrested upon a tip-off by the Rapid Responds Team of the Forestry Commission.

In fact, all four Nigerians pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to do illegal mining and mining without a license contrary to Section 23(1) of Act 29.

Meanwhile, the Atewa Forest has been the spotlight over the past months following issues of mining there.

The virgin forest, which was established some 92 years ago, remains the mother of life to thousands of species and also the headwaters for three major rivers namely Ayensu, Densu, and Birim.

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The Atewa Forest is one of two such virgin forest reserves in Ghana covering a total land area of 263,000 km2, which represents about 33 percent of the remaining closed forest in Eastern Region.

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