Op VANGUARD Desk
In a two-day patrol conducted on the 5th and 6th of September, 2019 within the general area of Bodi District in the Western North Region, seven (7) suspected illegal miners have been apprehended.
The suspects, who were all locals, have been handed over to the local police, while all the seven have since been granted bill and are awaiting court dates for their prosecution, as the Taskforce prosecutor in the Western Region continues to monitor the cases closely.
In other operations conducted since 1st September, 2019, some 29 suspected illegal miners have been arrested in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions.
Three (3) Chinese nationals, who were apprehended in the Amansie Central District, have been handed over to the Inter Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), whiles the twenty-six (26) other suspects – made up of 13 Nigeriens and 13 locals, were handed over to the IMCIM and local police, respectively.
In addition to the suspects that were picked up, the equipment seized were; 2 excavators, a Mitsubishi pick-up truck, a heavy wielding machine, 17 changfans, a locally manufactured rifle, in addition to several miscellaneous tools, at a number of abandoned sites.