A joint taskforce, comprising personnel from the Ghana Immigration Service, Regional and District Commands of the Ghana Police Service in the Mpohor District, has arrested about 59 illegal immigrants and nine Ghanaians for their alleged involvement in illegal mining activities, popularly known as galamsey, in Adum Banso.
The swoop was carried out at dawn in the community; while some were arrested in guest houses and a mosque.
The illegal immigrants were mainly Nigeriens, and a few from Benin and Burkina Faso. Residents of the Adum Banso community have been on the lookout for these persons, when they learnt of their illegal operations some months ago.
It is reported that they have been using a metal detector to aid their illegal venture in the forest reserve and farmlands in the area.
None of the immigrants were with proper identification and documents.
The Assistant Commissioner of Immigration, Officer In-charge of Immigration, Beatrice Akpoti, in her brief noted that the immigrants would be transported to the head office in Accra for further investigation, and possibly deported to their home country.
The Ghanaians, on the other hand, may be prosecuted, she added.