From Ops Vanguard Desk
The Western FOB of the National Anti Galamsey Taskforce (Operation Vanguard), led by Captain Daniel Kabenla, have arrested five (5) suspects who were working at KIA Honhui and Amenfi Co Ltd mining site in Hiawa in the Bogosu District of the Western Region.
Their names of the 5 arrested on Monday, 28 October, 2019 were Liu Dinetfgng – 36 years, Yang Tiyoong – 40, Huang Zuuen Qiang – 47, Dai Qunli – 56 and Cao Nanxin – 52 years.
Following the arrest, the taskforce seized several items used by these miscreants in degrading the environment, and these included 2 handset Motorola, 1 pump action gun, 64 cartridges, 14 mobile phones, 1 digital camera, 1 touch light, 1 electronic scale, 4 travelling Chinese passports, an amount of GH¢372.00 and 154 Chinese yarn and a quantity of gold dust.
In addition 3 excavators were immobilized, which enabled the taskforce to seize 3 control boards and 2 gear levers.
Meanwhile the suspects have been sent to Accra for further investigation.
Operation Vanguard, on earlier patrols conducted between 13th – 19th October 2019, clamped down a total of seventy-six (76), illegal miners including foreigners. The move was in line with the President’s initiative to safeguard water bodies and the environment in order to protect life and properties from the menace of these illegal mining activities.
In view of the arrest, the Forward Operation Base – Eastern Region (FOB East), recorded twenty (20) arrests in the general areas of Asamana and Abomosu. FOB West made one (1), arrest at the Dadieso general area and FOB Ashanti apprehended fifty-five (55), illegal miners also in the Dadieso environ.
Seizures of several mining equipment where effected at the time of arrest and are being held as exhibit pending prosecution of these suspects.
The issue of illegal mining is of great concern to the nation since their activities have negative effects. Hence, Operation Vanguard remains very firm and active on grounds and taking every measure to ensure perpetrators of illegal mining activities are brought to book.