2 Burkinabe arrested for illegal mining
Two Burkinabe have been nabbed by the police at Dabo, a community in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region, for allegedly engaging in illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’.
Tindano Tubendi, 34, and Latif Kampusi, 24, a nomad, were arrested on Wednesday by personnel of the Dorimon Police Station during patrols in the area.
Briefing the Ghanaian Times at Wa on the arrest, the Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Inspector Gideon Ohene Boateng, said the patrol team became suspicious of the movement of the two who were using unregistered motor cycles and apprehended them.
“Upon searching them, the team discovered one minilab AV 2300 gold detector, four motorcycle registration number plates and a cash of CFA 86, 500,” he stated.
Insp Boateng said the two men were taken to the station because although they confessed to being miners at Dabo, they were unable to produce documents to substantiate their claims, and were therefore arrested for suspected illegal mining.
“The two suspects are currently in the custody of the police at Wa, assisting in investigations,” he said.
FROM LYDIA DARLINGTON FORDJOUR, WA