The Excavator Evacuation Team of the Inter-Ministerial Committee On Illegal Mining, Thursday, busted some sixteen Chinese illegal miners in the Ashanti Region.
The 16 miners were rounded up deep inside the Kobro forest reserve believed to have huge mineral deposits.
The arrest by the taskforce working under the Inter-ministerial committee against illegal mining raises concerns that illegal mining is outlasting government’s resolve to deal with the menace.
The 16 arrested Chinese have been handed over to the Obuasi Police.
There were some Ghanaian accomplices who were also captured in the raid.
Items retrieved were 14 pump action guns, 1 M16 gun, about 200 cartridges, 5 cutlasses, about 30 excavators, 2 Caterpillars and a sum of GHC45,000.
This episode is in sharp contrast with President Akufo-Addo’s war on galamsey and other illegal mining activities in several parts of the country.