Four galamseyers arrested at Beposo

Four people have been arrested by the police at Beposo in Ashanti Region, for engaging in illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey.’

 

A team made up of personnel of Ashanti Regional Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, Asokwa Police Divisional Command and some local people, arrested the culprits, who were operating in the night.

The suspects are Kwadwo Amankwa, 55, Yaw Opoku, 45, Sofiah  Salifu, 24, and Kwaku Akwaboah, 22.

The team seized excavators; water pumping machines, Champhi machines and other equipment being used by the suspects.

Bosomtwe District Chief Executive, Joseph Asuming, who took part in the operation, told journalists that the rate at which illegal miners were destroying the environment at Beposo and Amakom

areas was devastating.

He noted that thousands of hectares of farm lands were under siege by the illegal miners, adding that in spite of the ban, illegal mining continued at Amakom, Beposo, Aduabin and other communities.

“There is so much environmental degradation that the land cannot be used for anything until we do serious reclamation,” Mr Asuming said.

He said mining pits left uncovered had become death trap, stressing “people can easily fall into them especially kids.”

Amankwa, partially blind, said he quit farming to engage in the illegal mining at Beposo and that he received Ghc30.00 daily.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

 

 

 

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