The Anyinam Police have arrested and detained 12 people for engaging in illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey at a concession at Asamama, in the Atiwa District of the Eastern Region.
They were said to have mined on the concession though they had been warned by the police not to transact business there.
The leader of the Illegal miners, Kelvin Siameh Kobina, however told The Ghanaian Times that his colleagues were at the concession to take their equipment when one famous concessionaire in the area, Yaw Ayebiahwe invaded the place with armed men.
He said the miners became scared after the attackers fired warning shots with their pump action guns,and threatened to shoot them if they run away.
Mr. Kobina said the miners surrendered to the armed men, and they were arrested and handed over to the police, who detained the illegal miners.
Mr. Kobina appealed to the police to release the miners or their colleagues would launch a reprisal attack on the concessioner and the thugs.
Mr. Kobina also urged government to intervene for peace to prevail to avoid bloody clashes.
Speaking to The Ghanaian Times, the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Yaw Nketia-Yeboah, confirmed that 12 illegal miners have been arrested by the Anyinam police.
He said that four of them have been detained at the Kwabeng Police Station and eight at the Ayinam Police Station.
Mr. Nketia-Yeboah said that the suspects were assisting the police in their investigations into the matter.
From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Koforidua