Over 160 illegal miners busted in Eastern Region

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At least 164 suspected illegal Miners have been arrested at Anyinam and Mampong in the Eastern Region by a Military anti-galamsey taskforce, Operation Halt II.

The 164 suspects, who comprise 159 males and 5 females, local and foreign nationals from Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, and Ivory Coast, were rounded in a special operation.

The swoop, conducted by the Ghana Armed Forces on Thursday, September 15, 2022, forms part of the government’s renewed fight against illegal Mining.

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The suspects have since been conveyed to Accra for processing and prosecution.

Speaking to the press, the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Mining, George Mireku Duker commended the task force for acting swiftly on the Ministry’s directive to clamp down on activities of both locals and foreign nationals in the illegal small-scale Mining sector.

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He provided further details on the suspects and assured them that they will be handed over to the police and relevant authorities for processing and prosecution to begin.

“We asked the security agencies to conduct a massive operation to get these foreign nationals who have invaded our environment. These are people from neighbouring countries who have invaded Mining concessions near river bodies in this country” he said.

“I want to commend the Ministry for the effort they have shown to arrest 164 illegal Miners. They also have people who are providing other services. One of them confessed that she is happy they have been arrested as she was trafficked to Ghana. We will hand them over to the appropriate authorities for them to take the necessary actions,” he concluded.

He served a strong notice to persons engaged in illegal Mining that the government is not going to relent on its promise to end illegal Mining.

Mr. Duker admonished recalcitrant individuals and groups in the illegal Mining business to shun their harmful activities, promising them that when apprehended, the law will take its full course.

The suspected illegal miners arrested

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