Eight Burkinabes Arrested For Illegal Mining

The eight illegal minersEight Burkinabes were arrested at the weekend for allegedly engaging in illegal mining (Galamsey) at Dayunkura, in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region.

They were arrested during an inspection of illegal mining sites in the district by the Regional Security Council led by the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Ephraim Avea Nsoh.

They are Ali Abdul-Aziz 14, Abdul-Rashid Lengan 18 Jampu Ayuba 18, Asanfo Dawude 24, Jampu Nuhu 29, Alidu Adams 30, Musah Adams 30 and Bukari Dawude 46.

They were apprehended a few kilometers away from the main village of Dayunkura in an isolated forest where they had settled for their operations.

However, owners of the pits could not be apprehended as they were not present at the time team got there.
Dr. Nsoh said no stone would be left unturned in the effort to curb illegal mining in the region and warned that those caught in the act would be dealt with according to the laws of the country.

He said the directive, given by the President, would be carried through to the letter to ensure that the last person involved in illegal activities is flushed out from the region.

Dr. Nsoh said it would be unfortunate to allow a region, considered the poorest in the country in terms of its ecology, to suffer the fate of other regions in the south that had suffered as a result of illegal mining.

He said a special task force at the regional level would be constituted to complement the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce set up by the president to ensure that the region was policed on regular basis to ward off people from getting involve in the negative practice.

“Already the few who have managed to find their way into the region with their activities have started using dangerous chemicals, like cyanide and mercury, in their operations, therefore if care is no taken and our people community members get involve then disaster will strike and we cannot afford that,” he added.

Dr. Nsoh assured that those arrested would not be treated any different from their Ghanaian counterparts, adding that “As a nation we respect all the ECOWAS protocols but also we have our own laws and those who violate them must be dealt with accordingly. None of those arrested will have his rights violated because they are foreigners.”
On his part the Deputy Upper West Regional Commander of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Commission of Police (ACOP) Ampofo Duku said the police would continue to wage a relentless war against illegal mining in the region.

He said the police had a responsibility to provide adequate security for everybody in the region and this included those going about their legitimate businesses.
Mr. Duku, therefore, warned all those involved in illegal mining to desist from their operations because the police would go for them and when.

He appealed for support from the general public and members of the communities where these activities were taken place by providing information on illegal activities.

The activities of illegal miners in the region have come under intense pressure following the operations of the inter-ministerial task force constituted by the President in the South. - Cliff Ekuful, Dayunkura

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