By Capt Andy Sowatey
Thirty-nine (39) suspected illegal miners have been apprehended in the Atiwa West District, in an operation conducted by Operation VANGUARD personnel from their Forward Operating Base (FOB), in the Eastern Region.
The suspected illegal miners, which includes 33 Ghanaians, are currently in the custody of the Anyinam, Osino and Kwaabeng District Police, pending processing for Court prosecution, the rest, 6 Nigeriens, are in the custody of the Inter-Ministerial Committee against Illegal Mining (IMCIM), whiles 3 Minelab gold detecting machines were also seized from the illegal miners.
The arrests, which were made in two separate locations within the general area of Sankubenase, was by the help of a tip-off from a good citizen, who heeded the call by the Joint Task Force (JTF) of military and police personnel, fighting to save the environment from total degradation.
Operation VANGUARD is still admonishing the general public to be forthcoming with any information that can assist the taskforce in curtailing activities of illegal miners.