Female illegal miner sets record; becomes first to be arrested by task force

Female illegal miner sets record; becomes first to be arrested by task force

-The National task force assigned to clamp down the activities of galamsey operators has arrested the first female illegal miner since the operation started

-The illegal miner was picked up over the weekend in Ashanti Region

-She recounted that illegal mining was her only form of livelihood

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Some members of Operation Vanguard on Saturday, August 12 rounded up and arrested the very first female illegal miner since it was mandated by the government to curb the menace.

Female illegal miner sets record; becomes first to be arrested by task force

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The illegal miner who is known by the name, Ama Frema was arrested at Datano in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti.

Ama Frema told members of the task force upon her arreset that illegal mining was her full-time job.

The 35-year old woman indicated that she was originally from Obuasi also in the Ashanti Region. She was handed over to the Manso Nkwanta District Police Headquarters to be kept there until she was time for her to be taken to court.

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The government has set up a special task force to fight galamsey and it has made some strides by arresting over 80 illegal miners. Some casualties have also been recorded since the operations started.

Some machinery have been seized and others destroyed by patrol teams of the task force. Recently, the deaths of four illegal miners were blamed on the task force but an autopsy report from the hospital has rubbished the allegations that were brought against the joint security personnel team.

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The hierarchy of the task force have indicated that they were going to do everything to ensure that no more blood is spilled in carrying out their duties.

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