Seven foreigners have been arrested for embarking on unlawful mining on the Pra River within the Birim North District within the Jap Area and Asante-Akyem District within the Ashanti Area.
The seven from West African nations together with Burkina Faso and Benin are presently in police custody awaiting prosecution.
The arrests follows an operation by the safety providers and the Ministry of Lands and Pure Sources, led by the Deputy Minister, George Mireku Duker.
A press release from the Ministry and copied to Onua TV mentioned: “Within the early hours of Thursday, September 30, I, along with Safety & MLNR Officers clamped down on unlawful mining actions in cocoa farms and alongside the Pra River within the Birim North and Asante-Akyem districts.
It added: “Thirty (30) changfan machines and floor constructions have been destroyed and burnt.
“It was very unhappy seeing River Pra diverted, cocoa farms reduce down only for unlawful mining within the Oseikrom and Amenam communities.
“As River Tano is restoring to normalcy and turbidity figures of different main polluted water our bodies are encouraging, the federal government may be very dedicated to win the galamsey conflict and can by no means relent on efforts,” the assertion added.
“I additional directed the quick closure of Amenam Mining Group till they obtain all licenses required to undertake mining operations.
“Ghanaians should rally their help behind the federal government to attain this Nationwide Canker.”
By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|3news.com|Ghana