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The Ashanti Regional Police Command has arrested three suspected illegal miners at Nweneso I and II in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of Ashanti.

One of the suspect is a Community Police Assistant at Hwidiem near Trabuom in the same district.

The police in their swoop also impounded fifteen excavators but were able to  bring two of the machines to the district capital at Foase as the illegal operators had removed sensitive parts such as control boards from the excavators.

The armed Police Contingent also impounded two pumping machines, two generators, a king size latex foam mattress, a motor bike , twenty gallons of fuel and other accoutrements used for their illegal activities.

Speaking exclusively to DAILY GUIDE, the Asokwa District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent James Annor who led the operation said they were able to identify ten sites within the two communities and were able to chance on the three suspects with one of them holding a pump action gun with seven live ammunitions.

 He said majority of the suspects vanished before they got to the sites.

He warned recalcitrant persons to end their activities and leave the operation area to avoid drastic consequences.

The District Chief Executive, (DCE) Nana Otchere Tawiah Antwi commended the taskforce and pledged the assembly’s total support to ensure the success of the operation.

According to him, the assembly’s effort to stop illegal mining are on course.

“Galamsey is illegal once the President has said. Once I represent the President here, I am not going to allow this illegal mining activity to continue in this district. Even if I have to fight these galamseyers with my last blood, I am ready,” the DCE who is also the head of security in the district vowed.

He promised that the assembly with the support of the police will be sustained to deal drastically with lawbreakers in the district, adding “I will do everything to support the government to win the fight against galamsey in the country.”

Nana Otchere Tawiah Antwi decried that the activities of these illegal miners have degraded the arable lands and polluted several water bodies.

He urged the public to collaborate with the assembly to protect the lands and water bodies in the district to benefit current and future generations.

 

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 24 January 2018

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