5 illegal miners in police custody; soon to face trial

5 illegal miners in police custody; soon to face trial

-A Berkwai Circuit Court has remanded 3 illegal miners in police custody

-The three were believed to be using illegal mining equipment on some water bodies in the area

-They are all to be arraigned before court this week for their trials to begin

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The District Chief Executive of the Amansie Central District Assembly, Hon. Kwame Asamoah Boateng along with some member of the Amansie Central District Security Council have arrested three illegal miners in the area.

3 galamseyers in police custody

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The three, who were arrested at different sites are alleged to be using illegal equipment which is referred to by the locals as “tototo” to engage in illegal mining activities in some water bodies in the community.

The three galamseyers appeared in court today. However they have other two colleagues in police custody who are also due to appear before the court in the course of the week.

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The arrest of the illegal miners comes after government had enforced a ban on the activities of illegal miners which has gained national attention.

The illegal miners were arrested by the DCE because they were alleged to be mining on a water body which was contaminating it; an act that has been vehemently frowned upon by both the government and the residents of the area.

Hon. Kwame Asamoah Boateng in an interview added that the illegal miners hid under the cover of darkness during the night to engage in their galamsey activities despite a ban being in full force.

He said that even though there had been directives from the president and from the Lands and Natural Resources Minister to clamp down the activities of illegal miners, these miners went against the order.

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He indicated that he was going to do everything in his power as the District Chief Executive to ensure that galamsey does not thrive in the District. He said that the miners were going to suffer the consequences of their actions.

He also called on the residents to report all illegal activities including illegal mining to the security services to take action against the perpetrators of any form of illegality.

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