10 Chinese galamseys and their Ghanaian associates were arrested by Jubilee House agents.
When a specialist intelligence squad from the Office of the President assaulted an illegal mining concession in the Kwahu enclave, seven excavators and guns were taken.
Ten Chinese nationals and two Ghanaian collaborators were detained in the raid, according to a story from 3news.com.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, they were picked up by the Counter Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Office of the President Annex.
After Nana Effah Opinamang, the chief of Kwahu Obomeng, complained to the president about the ongoing destruction that illicit small-scale mining (galamsey) was causing in his region, an intelligence-led operation was launched.
Operation Commander Nii Nortey issued a warning that they will not let up in carrying out the President’s order to eradicate the galamsey threat.
“During his effort to stop illegal mining, President Nana Akufo-Addo showed no signs of giving up. We want people to cease supporting foreigners, especially Chinese, who are mining illegally. It’s untrue. The excavators were taken into custody.”
The chief said in his letter, among other things, that even though Vanguard and the other security units had come and gone, illicit mining persisted.
“I hope that this specific intelligence team keeps up its good work. The region’s cocoa production has decreased. Farmers are pressured into donating farmland for ill-gotten gains like a few cedis. It is depressing.
Lawyer Yaw Owusu Addo, the chief executive of Kwahu West Municipality, praised the CIU for their work.
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“I was charged with mining, but today I was cleared of the charge. In and of itself, mining is legal. But some people approach it by requiring you to obtain a permission, mine, restore the area, and plant trees. That is ethical mining.”
The Nkawkaw Divisional Police Commander, Rev. Dr. CSP Samuel Nyamekye Adane-Ameyaw, also renewed their warning to galamseyers to regularize their activities or refrain from any illegal operations.
“All those who are illegally mining on land or in river bodies are being warned that we will pursue them. They cannot illegally degrade natural resources. They require licenses. Those who are found guilty will be detained and prosecuted.”