- The Anti-galamsey task force will soon extend their operations beyond the day into night patrols
- This is due to intelligence received that some miners have taken to working during the night to avoid getting caught
Operation Vanguard, the joint police and military task force deployed to communities in some parts of the country to tackle illegal mining, will soon begin night patrols.
This new tactic follows intelligence received by heads of the operation that some illegal miners turn to night mining in order to avoid getting caught during the day.
According to the spokesperson for the Operation Vanguard, Major Gariba Pabi, the night patrol is one of the measures they are considering to better handle the galamsey menace.
Speaking to Joy FM, Major Pabi asserted that some miners have remained unperturbed by the massive arrests and destruction of machinery found near galamsey pits, and still go ahead with their activities at night.
“The illegal miners go for their operations in the night because they think we don’t come in the night after them. However, we have timelines for our operations and soon we will commence night operations and we will come after them,” he added.
Operation Vanguard was launched a few weeks ago as part of government’s phase two plans to end the illegal mining activities that have damaged part of the country’s natural resources.
So far, close to 100 miners have been arrested as part of the operation, as well as some mining machinery seized.
The task force has also burned some excavators, and nearly five people have died due to clashes between the task force and irate miners.
Sections of the public have expressed concern that the anti-galamsey task force’s tactics in fighting the menace come off a tad too aggressive.
However, the defense minister has said they will review the approach to tackling the issue, noting that miners are also responsible for provoking the task force which interferes with their mission.
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