The Ghana Police Service in the Birim North District in the Eastern Region and Asante-Akyem District in the Ashanti Region have arrested seven foreigners for mining illegally on the Pra river.
These seven foreigners who have been arrested are all from West African nations like Burkina Faso and Benin. Further reports confirms that these foreigners are currently in police custody awaiting prosecution.
The arrests is accompanied by an operation by the security services and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, led by the Deputy Minister, George Mireku Duker.
A statement from the Ministry which was sighted by Elohai News said: “In the early hours of Thursday, September 30, I, together with Security & MLNR Officials clamped down on illegal mining activities in cocoa farms and along the Pra River in the Birim North and Asante-Akyem districts.
The statements proceeded that: “Thirty (30) changfan machines and surface structures were destroyed and burnt.
“It was very sad seeing River Pra diverted, cocoa farms cut down just for illegal mining in the Oseikrom and Amenam communities.
“As River Tano is restoring to normalcy and turbidity figures of other major polluted water bodies are encouraging, the government is very committed to win the galamsey war and will never relent on efforts,” the statement added.
“I further directed the immediate closure of Amenam Mining Group until they receive all licenses required to undertake mining operations.
Let us all come together and fight illegal mining in our country.