- The military taskforce against mining along river bodies has busted a Chinese
- Plants illegally connected to a river source was cited
- The Chinese also bears an ID Card
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A Chinese man, believed to be a member of a gold mining syndicate in Ghana, has been busted by the military taskforce against illegal small scale mining along water bodies.
This came to light in a video chanced upon by YEN.com.gh in which a military operative of the taskforce queries the Chinese man on the moral basis for polluting river bodies all in the thirst for gold.
“Do you see what you have done to our river, can you drink this?” he quizzed the Chinese who looked disoriented and ashamed.
The video, captured on the Twitter Page of JoyNews Journalist, Charles Ayitey, shows the military quizzing the Chinese illegal miner.
A swoop of their operations show the syndicate operating deep in the forest – all in hiding. They have managed to lay huge pipes to the river bodies. One plant pulls up the river water to wash gold while the other discharges the waste water with chemicals into the river bodies.
In the course of the search, an ID card bearing the image and name of the Chinese man was uncovered. It begs the question of who could have issued out the ID and license in the first place.
Meanwhile, the military taskforce has resolved to confiscate the machinery of these Chinese. The said man is in the grips of the military assisting with leads and investigations.
Some 28 excavators and 267 chan fans seized from illegal small-scale miners in the River Pra in the Eastern Region have been destroyed by the Operation Halt II team, YEN.com.gh has gathered.
The team also destroyed 18 water pumping machines, 2 industrial machines, 18 generator sets, 10 plastic chairs, 5 canoes, 1 wooden accommodation, 8 industrial batteries, 1 platform, and 21 new pumping machines, Classfmonline reported.
Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, said a total of 476 chan fans were destroyed in the past week.
The minister disclosed this on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, when he addressed the media about the operation.
The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) commenced the second phase of Operation Halt II on May 7, 2021.
Operation Halt II aims at removing all persons and logistics involved in mining on water bodies.
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Source: Yen Ghana