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Taskforce arrests chief and 3 retired soldiers over galamsey

According to, Nana Kofi Osei, the Odikro for Akwaboa in Kwahu West Municipality of the Eastern Region, and the three retired soldiers were detained on Thursday, October 27,202, at Nkwaakwaasem, a hamlet of the municipality.

When the task force arrived, there were reportedly several people using an excavator and other mining equipment at a mining site. They ran away after leaving the tools.

The chief and the retired soldiers made their appearance not long after the illegal miners made their getaway, claiming to be the concession’s TLG mining firm owners.

Despite their claims that the company had been duly silenced to dig minerals in the region, the task team detained them.

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Some of the site’s mobile equipment was seized, and tents used by the illegal miners as refuge were also set on fire.

At the Nkwatia Police station, the accused are being held for further investigation.

Acres of greenery have been devastated by illegal mining operations, and the River-Pra, which serves as the only water source for the people of Kwahu Praso and the nearby settlements, has become tainted.

Despite its terrible effects on the environment, water bodies, farmlands, and dwellings, among other things, illegal mining is a canker that successive governments have failed to cure.

Millions have been spent trying to stop it, including by a number of task groups, but none of them have been successful, and the illegality still poses a threat to the nation’s fundamental survival.

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