Accra, July 15,
GNA - Operation Vanguard Personnel have apprehended some 50 suspected illegal
miners in the Western and Eastern regions in various operations conducted over
the past week.
contained in a statement issued to the Ghana News Agency by Captain Andy
Sowatey, Public Relations Officer of Operation Vanguard.
said on Saturday, July 13, Operation Vanguard personnel in the Western Region
apprehended 16 suspected Chinese illegal miners in the area of Enchi Kwahu in
the Aowin District together with five excavators they have been using in their
It said the 34
other suspected illegal miners were arrested in the East Akim Municipality in
the Eastern Region on Friday.
said the suspects, who were made up of both locals and foreigners, were
apprehended in Asiakwa.
the suspects- locals, were handed over to civil police at Kibi for prosecution
while the others -16 Chinese, 22 Guinean and three Burkinabe nationals and the
five excavators have been handed over to Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal
Mining for further action.
the Taskforce has been receiving assistance through tipoffs from some locals,
others have also resorted to providing safe havens for illegal miners.
illegal miners have rented accommodations within various areas where galamsey
is rampant and are wreaking havoc on our water bodies and forests.
Vanguard is, therefore, calling on the traditional leadership and locals to
help flash out these unlicensed operators and their collaborators.
operations conducted from Vanguard’s Forward Operating Base in the Central
Region, a total of 94 Changfan branded water pumping machines were
destroyed", the statement said.