By Op Vanguard Desk
With the lifting of the ban on small scale mining, some unlicensed miners have resorted to hiding behind the increase in activity to operate illegally, as they hide behind the concessions of some licensed small scale miners, in order to evade VANGUARD patrols.
On Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, OPERATION VANGUARD, the anti-illegal mining Joint Taskforce (JTF) composed of the military and Police, arrested two Chinese and their two local accomplices, suspected of mining illegally in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region.
The two Chinese nationals, Wan Zhi Dong, 49 and Shi Zhi Hai, 51, were handed over to the Inter Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) together with two excavators, following their arrests, whiles the two locals, Imoro Yankey, 42 and Kwadwo Apau, 41, are currently in police custody at the Afosu Police Station, pending further investigations.
Five (5) locals suspected of illegal mining were apprehended in the Prestea Huni Valley District in the Western Region and were handed over to the Prestea District Police for further investigations to be conducted into their activities.
Six (6) other locals were arrested in the Wassa Akropong District in the Central Region and have been handed over to the District Police for further action.