By Capt Andy Sowatey
Operation VANGUARD continues to conduct operations from its Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) in the Ashanti, Eastern, Central and Western/Western North Regions, in order to halt illegal mining activities, in the nation.
Over the weekend of 11th to 13th May, 2019, several operations conducted within VANGUARD’s area of responsibility (AOR) have resulted in the arrests of 11 suspected illegal miners comprising of 10 Chinese Nationals.
Patrols conducted within the Adansi, Amansie West and Amansie Central Districts in the Ashanti Region, resulted in the arrest of a local (Ghanaian) and 4 Chinese Nationals suspected of mining illegally.
Other patrols conducted in the Amenfi District in the Western Region also resulted in the arrest of 6 other suspected Chinese illegal miners.
4 excavators, 3 assorted vehicles and 3 pump action rifles were seized in addition to a total of 119 Changfans that were destroyed/immobilized at various illegal mining sites.
The foreign suspects and excavators have since been handed over to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).