Gun-wielding Chinese arrested in Operation Vanguard swoop on 22 illegal miners

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Some of the Chinese galamseyers wielding guns
Some of the Chinese galamseyers wielding guns

Some 12 Ghanaians, nine Chinese and a Togolese suspected to be illegal miners have been arrested at sites by personnel of the Western Forward Operating Base (FOB) of Operation Vanguard team.

Other bases of Operation Vanguard conducted similar patrols on August,8, 2018 and seized several items but made no arrests.

These patrols were conducted in about 16 communities across four mining zones in four regions.

The communities include Akanteng, Osenase, Asamankese, Dwenase, Osino and Apradan in the Akyem West, Fanteakwa and Kwahu West Districts of the Eastern region; Bepotenten in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti region.

Hiawa, Prestea and Enyinam in the Amenfi Central and Prestea Huni Valley Districts of the Western region and Adahamase, Assin Asamang in the Atiwa Nwabiagya District of the Central region.

Of those arrested, 7 Ghanaians, 6 Chinese and 1 Togolese were arrested in the Amenfi Central District while three Chinese and five Ghanaians were arrested in the Prestea Huni Valley District all of the Western region.

All suspected persons were handed over to Manso Amenfi and Prestea Police stations respectively.

Items immobilised during the operation included 2 Excavators, 24 Changfan machines, 10 Floating platforms, and 3 Grease Guns. Items seized included 1 Excavator, 1 Nissan Navara pick up, 1 Motor cycle, 2 Control boards, 2 Monitors 1 Battery and 2 Pump Action guns.

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