Ten Chinese nationals have been detained by the Counter Intelligent Unit (CIU) at the Office of the President Annex for indulging in illegal mining (galamsey) in some areas of the Kwahu enclave.
They were detained on Tuesday along with two accomplices from Ghana.
The team seized seven excavators and took back any firearms they were carrying.
The CIU’s action was in response to a request made by Nana Effah Opinamang, the Kwahu Obomeng Chief, in a letter to the Presidency.
After the arrest, the operation’s commander, Nii Nortey, warned both domestic and foreign illicit miners to stop working.
He emphasized that the Akufo-Addo administration will not renege on its pledge and effort to combat illegal mining, adding that local residents must cease encouraging foreigners, particularly Chinese nationals, to engage in it.
Yaw Owusu Addo, the chief executive of Kwahu West Municipality, praised the team for acting quickly.
“I’ve been accused of mining, but today I’ve been proven right. 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’s ethical mining, he declared.
The squad was instructed to frequently visit the area to assist fend off the illegal miners by Nana Effah Openaman, the local chief.
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