Fifteen Chinese illegal miners have been arrested in the Western North region, the Operation Vanguard task force announced.
The Chinese nationals were arrested deep inside the Bonsai Forest on Saturday. Five excavators were also seized as a result of the operation.
“The suspects and equipment have been handed over to the Inter Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), for further action,” the task force said.
Operation Vanguard said locals are serving as spies to most of the foreign illegal miners making their job arduous. “Due to their reliance on locals who act as spies for the galamseyers, some of the illegal miners are proving more difficult to arrest because, these spies warn them of the Taskforce as and when they approach their sites,” it said.
It added: “Some of the locals also harbor the illegal miners in their homes and are reluctant to give them up when their activities are reported.”
Op VANGUARD is therefore sounding a word of caution, to not only the illegal miners, but also their local accomplices that both actions are against the law and as such, “any individuals found to have been providing any form of support for these Galamseyers, will be arrested during the course of future operations.”
Source: Daily Mail GH