‘Galamseyers’ Grabbed In Military-Police Swoop At Kokotesua

SoldiersHundreds of illegal goldminers popularly known as “galamsey” were last Tuesday arrested in a joint military police swoop at Kokotesua and Abompe in the Obuasi municipality.

They included Junior High School students who have abandoned their classrooms in search of gold.

Items retrieved from the place included three KIA trucks, a taxi cab, 491 sacks of ore and 26 mobile phones.

“Most of the people arrested are JHS students working as carriers and shovel boys, but the real concession leaders and patrons vanished into the thin air, leaving their booties, mainly gold bearing materials, behind,” an eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said.

A security operative, who also declined to mention his name, said the illegal miners had a well organised administrative system in the area some of whom he claimed are assemblymen and known financial kin pins in Obuasi.

“The illegal miners are well connected politically. We even saw policemen there but they took to their heels,” the security operative alleged.

The source said the area employs about 500 persons who operate as pit diggers, carriers, transporters, gold dealers, food vendors and marijuana sellers.

Isaac Obeng, who claimed to be the secretary of the Abompe Small Scale Miners Association, told a local radio station at Obuasi that they knew that the place they were digging the gold was in the AngloGold concessionary area but alleged that the place was allocated to the chiefs of the area.

By Times Reporter


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