Two individuals have been arrested and slapped with expenses for their alleged roles within the recruitment of 5 Chinese to undertake illegal mining at Esiama within the Western Region.

Wilberforce Essien and Rev Wallace Dela-Brown are going through expenses together with conspiracy to commit crime particularly mining with no license and contracting non-Ghanaians to undertake mining operations and services with no license granted by the minister.

According to Assistant State Attorney Derrick Ackah-Nyamike, the police on September 8, picked intelligence that some people have been mining illegally at Teleku-Bokazo close to Nkroful within the Western Region.

A raid of the mining web site resulted within the arrest of 5 Chinese Nationals. Investigations, he explained revealed Wilberforce Essien was considered one of two individuals who recruited the Chinese to undertake the mining.

Mr Ackah-Nyamike told the Court Mr Essien upon interrogation admitted the offence and indicated that he had an settlement to present the Chinese with monetary and logistical help to mine on the concession belonging to Reverend Wallace Dela Brown.

It is alleged Mr Essien additional claimed he had an settlement with the Reverend Minister to mine gold on his concession.

Rev. Dela Brown was subsequently arrested however is said to have told investigators he solely mines Kaolin on his concession.

The suspects pleaded not responsible to the costs against them and have been granted bail within the sum of 2 million cedis to be justified.

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