An official at the Jubilee House, the seat of Ghana’s presidency has been arrested for allegedly engaging in illegal mining (galamsey), YEN.com.gh has gathered.
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, disclosed in an article sighted on Starrfm.com.gh.
He named one Damoah as the Jubilee House official who was picked for allegedly engaging in galamsey.
“We are following closely. Nobody should make an attempt to cover up what his doings have been relative to his engagement or involvement in galamsey,” he warned.
“He was picked up by the National Security and they are trying to cover up but we are following very closely. So, the President is fighting his own people and we are beginning to know them,” he added.
Meanwhile, 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.
They 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.
Operation Halt II also 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 Bonusu 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.
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.