Seven Chinese nationals engaged in illegal mining, popularly known as Galamsey in Ghana have been arrested by the monitoring team of the Inter – Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
The Chinese illegal miners, comprised of six males and one female, were arrested on Friday, March 22, in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region and Nkasim near Goaso in the Ahafo Region in two separate operations.
The operation , led by the head of the taskforce, Mr. Francis Assibi Abu, also arrested three Ghanaians who were aiding the illegal miners and also seized a number of equipment in more than three hours haunt for them.
They have since been handed over to the Obuasi Police Command in the Ashanti region for action. Thereafter, they will be processed and sent to the Immigration headquarters in Accra for further action.
Mr Assibi Abu, explained that, his team had to mobilise themselves quickly to clamp down on the Chinese and their Ghanaian galamsey counterparts, following a tip off by some residents. He then urged the public to volunteer information to help weed such characters from the system.
The Chinese were mining between Mfantseman-Takyikrom in the Upper Denkyira West District and at Hwidiem-Nkasim in the Ahafo region respectively.