Government search for galamsey operators

The National Anti-Galamsey Taskforce (NAT) in collaboration with the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) has arrested 30 Ghanaians and searching for Ali Siato, Yakubu Baba, and Mohammed Arafat. These people are engaged in illegal mining in Meshio and Yikpabongu in the West Mamprusi District of the Northern region respectively.

The operatives were arrested at Yama a surbab of the West Mamprusi District. They were sent to the Walewale police station to be arraigned before court for persecution.

The culprits are John Yeboah, 28, a farmer; Abdulai Yakubuag, 38, a mechanic; Kofi Yeboah, 29 a cobbler; Salifu Dzombo, 18, an apprentice; Dorglo Godwin, 63, a farmer; Osei Michael, 38, a trader and Isaac Awuni, 24. Meanwhile, information gathered by indicate that Mohammed Arafat is on the run.

The rest are Mohamed Musa, a 33 security man; Kwadwo Nkrumah, 26, a farmer; Appaiah James, 24, a farmer; Mohamed Sani, 20, a farmer Shaibu, Ali, 25, a farm labourer, Nana Boadu George, 37, a driver’s mate.

The others are Collins Owusu 37 farmer, Teye Gizo 37 farmer, Mark Gizo Atteh 37 farmer, and sakyi Isaac Shata 19 mason.

The taskforce have also impounded 35 excavators and waters pump machines from those illegal miners.

In an interview with, West Mamprusi District Liaison Officer, Mr. Adam Gariba, said in the year 2014, the Yagaba land was reclaimed  by government and trees were planted on them but the illegal miners came back to devastate the land and the trees again.

He indicated that the illegal mining operators have poisoned the White Volta River with mercury and phosphate.

He said farmers around those communities could no longer go to their farms because they are afraid that they might fall into any of the numerous pits dug by the operators.

Mr. Gariba added that though National Security is doing its best to minimise such acts, it is faced with many challenges particularly in arresting the illegal practitioners because some traditional rulers and politicians are shielding them.

He suggested Parliament enact a law to confiscate any equipment seized from those illegal miners by the state.

Northern regional Minister, Mr. S.S. Nayina, cautioned the’ galamsey’ operators to respect the rules and regulations governing this country.

He said the law would not hesitate to take legal actions against anyone who would be arrest for practicing illegal galamsey in the region. He urged Ghanaians to put politics behind them and face the facts to help preserve the land for generations unborn.

The operation was joined by Deputy Northern regional minister, Northern regional police commander, Chairman of National Security, Robert Nyaka and Principal Inspector of Mines, Evans Adade.

The West Mamprusi district is made up of farming communities which are very poor and live on less than $ 1.00 a day. Due to the poor nature of the district, many are engaging in illigal mining even though the laws of Ghana disallow such. According to the miners, they are able to cater for their families through the little money they make from the mining sites, which they say even assist in the paying of their wards schools fees.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Arafat, identified to be a leader of the miners is on the run and security personnel are in serious search for him. Meanwhile the police has placed a ransom award for anyone who will provide information. Picture of Mohammed Arafat below.

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