Six Chinese nationals and 41 Ghanaians suspected to be illegal miners, popularly known as galamseyers have been arrested by Operation Vanguard in the Ashanti, Central and Western Regions.
Additionally, 10 vehicles, 16 excavators, Five monitors, Seven control board, 62 Chang fan Machines were destroyed. Sixteen water pumping machines, 10 drums of fuel,five metallic drums of hydraulic oil, five electronic fuel dispensers, 30 close circuit television cameras(CCTV), one Mossberg pump action gun, were also confiscated.
Five of the Chinese were arrested by the Police during an operation conducted in Ankwaso in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region, and were handed over to the Dunkwa Police Command for onward transfer to the Ghana Immigration Service.
The other suspect was arrested at the Aboaboso at Wasa Akropong in the Amenfi East District of the Western Region. The Ghanains were also arrested at Kukua Village.
Taluka, Ankobra, Enyinase, Salman, Eshiamu, Gwira and Shiamu in the Ezema East municipality and handed over to the Salman Police Command for further investigations.