- 7 illegal miners were reportedly arrested on Saturday, October 6, 2018, by a committee tasked to clamp down on illegal mining
- 6 of the suspects, all Ghanaians, however escaped from police custody, leaving the 7th, a Chinese national
- The Chinese national will be handed over to the Ghana Immigration Service for action to be taken against him
The Excavator Tracking Taskforce of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining has arrested six Ghanaians and a Chinese national for illegal mining.
The arrests took place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region.
The Ghanaian suspects however escaped from police custody, leaving the unidentified Chinese national behind.
YEN.com.gh understands that the Chinese national will be handed over to the Ghana Immigration Service for the necessary action to be taken.
Items seized from the suspects included five pump action guns, ammunitions, CCTV monitors, a recorder and some quantities of sand containing gold ore.
A member of the Excavator Tracking Taskforce, Meniru Ahmed, revealed that the taskforce had a tip-off, which led to the arrest of the illegal miners.
He added that the suspects were undertaking illegal mining under the pretext of reclaiming some mined out areas in the Amansie West District.
According to him, the suspects were handed over to the police so that they could follow up on another leads to an illegal mining site.
However, upon return to the police station, they did not meet any of the police personnel who took custody of the suspects, while the six Ghanaians were reported to have escaped from custody.
Ahmed expressed surprise that while they were at the mining site, some police personnel came there to cause their arrest, upon a request by one of the illegal miners.
He, therefore, appealed to the government to assist the taskforce in their efforts to halt illegal mining, otherwise known as galamsey.
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