6 ‘Galamseyers’ Perish In Bonwia Forest

Six illegal miners, aged between 20 and 32, died when a pit in which they were prospecting for gold, caved in on them in a forest reserve at Bonwia, four kilometers from Wassa Adonai, near Bawdie in the Wassa Amenfi East District of the Western Region.

The bodies of Kwesi Barimah, 22, Kojo Nuako, 30; Frank Oppong 28; Emmanuel Tettey, 32; Kwame Ammuei, 20 and Joseph Demson, 27, have been deposited at the Wassa Akropong Government Hospital for autopsy.

A seventh person, Kwabena Ayensu, 22 according to the police survived, with serious injuries.

The Ghanaian Times gathered that, though Thursdays are taboo days, the ‘galamseyers’ out of greed, defied that customary order and went to the Bonwia Forest Reserve, and met their death.

A source said, a week ago, forestry officials from Dunkwa, complained to the police at Wassa Akropong that the “galamseyers” were mining in the forest reserve and when, they went to the site, the men escaped.

The police,  urged the chief of Wassa Adonai to warn the youth against mining in the forest reserve, but they became adamant, until the Thursday tragedy.

Confirming the incident, the Prestea Police Commander, DSP Thomas Dassah, said at about 2 p.m. that Thursday, the seven ‘galamseyers went to the Bonwie Forest Reserve, to mine in a pit, under a hill.

Suddenly, the pit caved in killed them.

From Clement Adzei Boye,Takoradi


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