The Western Regional Command of the Ghana Immigration Service has arrested some 68 illegal miners in the region, 59 of which were foreign nationals with the rest being local accomplices.
The illegal miners were arrested on Tuesday dawn, March 19, 2019 by the Immigration Service personnel during a joint operation with the Mpohor District Security Council in the Western Region.
Assistant Commissioner of Immigration, Beatrice Okpoti said the 59 foreigners were from Burkina-Faso, Benin and Niger.
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She added that the 68 illegal miners were between the ages of 20 and 39 adding that they are in the custody of the Ghana Immigration Service.
The government in 2018 lifted a ban it had placed on small scale mining also known as galamsey in the country, while convener of the Media Coalition against Galamsey, Ken Ashigbey in December 2018, said the fight against illegal mining had not yet been won.
He indicated that the Forestry Commission had also failed as far as tackling galamsey is concerned, given that most illegal mining activities are freely-conducted around forest reserves.
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