Two Chinese and 11 Ghanaians, including women, have been grabbed for allegedly engaging in illegal mining.
They were Lu Qicai, 42, Pan Hanjun, 46, Adwoa Nkrumah 35, Akua Aboagyewaa, 35, Abena Boakyewaa, 34, Ama Gyaake, 25, Peter Yeboah 28, and Fatau Mahamudu, 28.
The rest were Osei Kofi Emmanuel, 30, Richard Yamoah, 29, Seidu Muniru, 34, Daniel Boateng, 29, and Kwaku Atta, 38.
The arrest followed a patrol to illegal mining sites by Forward Operating Base (FOB) at Hweneso and Hiakose in the Atwima Kwanwoma District in the Ashanti Region, on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
The patrol team tendered as exhibits three-fourth full of black sand in plastic bucket and a motorcycle, three excavator control boards, four excavator monitors, three excavator starter assemblies, 22 heavy-duty batteries, nine water pumping machines, two generator sets, one grinding machine, 22 grinding machine blades and an unregistered motorcycle to the Foase Police for further investigations.
“The two Chinese suspects had been handed over to the Immigration Service personnel,” Captain Edward Senanu Akakpo, Public Relations Officer of Operation Vanguard, told The Chronicle in a statement.
By Inusa Musah/ thechronicle.com.gh