- Officers of the Operation Vanguard team have arrested illegal miners in four regions.
- Several items used including guns, have been seized from the suspects
Personnel of the Western Forward Operating Base (FOB) of Operation Vanguard team have arrested some foreign nationals in a number of raids carried out in about 16 communities in four regions.
Other bases of Operation Vanguard conducted similar patrols on August,8, 2018 and seized several items but made no arrests.
In all, 12 Ghanaians, nine Chinese and a Togolese suspected to be illegal miners have been arrested at various mining sites.
The communities include Akanteng, Osenase, Asamankese, Dwenase, Osino and Apradan in the Akyem West, Fanteakwa and Kwahu West Districts of the Eastern region; Bepotenten in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti region.
Hiawa, Prestea and Enyinam in the Amenfi Central and Prestea Huni Valley Districts of the Western region and Adahamase, Assin Asamang in the Atiwa Nwabiagya District of the Central region.
Of those arrested, 7 Ghanaians, 6 Chinese and 1 Togolese were arrested in the Amenfi Central District while three Chinese and five Ghanaians were arrested in the Prestea Huni Valley District all of the Western region.
Items immobilized during the operation included 2 Excavators, 24 Changfan machines, 10 Floating platforms, and 3 Grease Guns.
Others were 1 Excavator, 1 Nissan Navara pick up, 1 Motor cycle, 2 Control boards, 2 Monitors 1 Battery and 2 Pump Action guns.
All suspected persons have been handed over to Manso Amenfi and Prestea Police stations respectively.
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