- Operation Vanguard have arrested six Chinese nationals over illegal mining at Amansie Central
- The 6 suspects were captured by the anti-galamsey task-force upon tip-off by some local residents
Anti-galamsey taskforce, Operation Vanguard, have arrested six Chinese illegal miners at Adumtia, in the Amansie Cebtral Districtof the Ashanti Region.
According to Ghanaweb report, the arrest was made on Wednesday during patrols at the illegal mining sites by the Forward Operation Bases (FOBs), in the Ashanti Region and Central Region.
Briefing the media, the National Commander of Operation Vanguard, Colonel Michael Ayisi Amoah revealed that his team acted upon intelligence in a special operation to apprehend the suspects who are currently with the Jacobu Police District Headquarters.
Colonel Ayisi Amoah indicated that 3 excavator, 4 changfan machines, 4 industrial pump gun, including a generator set were retrieved from the Chinese miners.
“They have adopted the strategy of creating obstacle beds around where they are working to make it difficult to chase them and make arrests but we used different approach to breach those obstacles to apprehend them,” the commander said
Colonel Amoah in his address urged residents to be on high alert on informing authorities about the illegal undertaking of foreign nationals.
He also advised informants to remain tight-lipped when they make complaints to security service and remain under the radar to save themselves from impending harm by suspects.
In similar operations, the Eastern regional team of Operation Vanguard impounded some excavators at Anyinam along the Brim River, and at Asaase Bombesea in the Obuasi East District of the Ashanti Region.
Other arrest include 18 suspected illegal miners; 14 Ghanaians and four Chinese nationals in the Western and Ashanti Regions on Monday, July 9.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), government in March 2017 placed a ban on illegal mining and small-scale mining activities following a strong wave of media campaign on the menace that has left many water bodies polluted and farmlands destroyed.
The decision has over the period attracted a backlash from some small-scale miners who insist that they had licences and operated within the legal environmental requirements.
However, the President of the Republic Nana Akufo-Addo, has assured that within a short period, his administration will unveiled a comprehensive roadmap, including the lifting of the ban on small-scale mining.
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