4 Chinese; 5 Ghanaian illegal miners arrested

BY: Graphic.com.gh

The Operation Vanguard task force has arrested 4 Chinese nationals and 5 Ghanaians engaged in illegal small-scale mining in two separate operations at Prestea/Huni Valley and Upper Denkyira West Districts of the Western Region.

Three of the Chinese were arrested together with 5 Ghanaian collaborators at an illegal mining site at Ensasi in the Prestea/Huni Valley District.

The names of the Chinese are; Wei Chan, 55 years, Lin Chao, 30 years and Lin Chintong, 21 years.

The Ghanaians are; Appiah Dankwah, 23 years, Samuel Baba, 39 years, Adingo Azuma, 20 years, Mohammed Mustapha, 30 years and Atia Yendo, 30 years.

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A Lingong excavator, a Sany excavator, water pumping machines, 3 motorbikes, a Benz truck and other mining equipment, 2 washing plants and 4 changfans were also seized by the task force.

The suspects with all the items seized have been handed over to the Prestea Police Station for further investigations and possible prosecution.

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The excavator, however, has been handed over to the Prestea/Huni Valley District.

The other Chinese illegal, Lee Hancheng miner was arrested at Ampaabena in the Upper Denkyira West District.

The task-force seized 2 excavators, 6 car batteries and a Kia Sportage vehicle with registration number GN 1856-13.

The suspect and the items are in the custody of the Atekyem Police Station in Dunkwa-on-Offin.