- Six Chinese nationals have been granted bail after they were arrested for engaging in galamsey
- They were granted bail by an Accra High Court
- They have, however, not been able to execute the bail bond.
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News reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that an Accra High Court has admitted the six Chinese nationals arrested for engaging in illegal mining to bail.
Chen Guibin, Yao Zengcan, Lu Xiaobin, Wu Xiaobin, Cheng Churoung, and Xue Lianhua were arrested at Asankragua in the Western Region.
The six applied for bail at the High Court after the Kaneshie District Court remanded them into police custody last month.
They have, however, not been able to meet the bail bond.
The 'galamseyers' are being held on six counts of possession of firearms without lawful excuse among others, the Ghana News Agency (GNA) reported as sighted by YEN.com.gh.
According to the facts, as narrated by the prosecution, the accused persons who were arrested at the Resort Holyday Hotel and Xim Di Hotel at Asankragua are into the buying, selling, and refinery of gold without authority.
During the arrest, six pump action guns and cash of GHC1,292,180, sandy substances suspected to be gold dust, a yellow bar suspected to be a gold bar, and liquid substances suspected to be mercury, were found.
Meanwhile, Operation Halt II destroyed several excavators along the Ankobra, Bonusu, and Bonsa Rivers in the region.
According to a report sighted on Asaaseradio.com, the team destroyed two washing machines and floating platforms on the Bonsu River, and 18 excavators along the Rivers Ankobra and Bonsa.
“Ten changfans and two water pumping machines sited along the Bonsa River were also destroyed,” the outlet reported citing a source close to the operation.
“The Operation Halt II team, led by Lieutenant Colonel Prince Tandoh, located and destroyed one excavator, 100 changfan machines, 20 water pumping machines, four motorbikes, and other illegal mining equipment on a site close to the Ankobra River,” the source added.
Operation Halt II’s latest invasion of illegal mining sites in the Western Region comes a day after President Akufo-Addo endorsed the burning of excavators and other equipment confiscated at these mining sites.
In other news, Ningo Prampram lawmaker, Samuel George, says persons engaged in illegal mining otherwise known as ‘galamsey’ must be instantly executed via the firing squad.
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