The government’s task force against illegal mining, Operation Vanguard have followed reports of increased illegal mining in various areas of the Eastern Region and arrested a total of 83 illegal miners in a dawn operation.
The operation, conducted between 3 am and 6 am on Saturday morning found the illegal miners desecrating forest and land resources in their search for gold.
The illegal miners were found to be operating within the Atiwa West District.
Those arrested included a Nigerien and an Ivorian. The 81 others were Ghanaians.
The suspects are currently in the custody of civil police.
About fifty illegal miners were arrested from the same area in May, with some operating within the Atewa range.
The fifty suspected illegal miners included 34 Ghanaians, 10 Chinese and six Nigerians.
The task force in a separate operation arrested two Ghanaian suspects involved in the ‘galamsey’ operation in the Amansie West District.
Additionally, 5 excavators, 2 motorbikes and 4 Water pumping machines were seized and some 22 Changfans were destroyed.
Joe Bright Nyarko
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