Five individuals, together with the Assembly Member for the Kotokuom Electoral Area, Akwasi Poku, have been arrested in reference to illegal mining activities in some communities along the River Offin within the Ashanti Region.

The 4 other suspects have been picked up at Abompe, Abaasua, Amaada and Agogoso within the Atwima Mponua District.

They are Nana Yaw Owusu, Nana Appiah, Opanyin Kuffour and Opanyin Kwaku Duah. They are amongst seven elders which were selected to function Dikro within the absence of a chief for Kokotuom.

They have been handed over to the Nyinahini Police for the required legal motion.

Operation

Also, 300 chanfans used of their activities have been impounded and burnt down throughout the two-day operation carried out by a job pressure put collectively by the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners (GNASSM), in collaboration with the district meeting.

5 arrested, 300 chanfans destroyed over illegal mining along River Offin
Some of the mining gear set ablaze

A big number of illegal mining operators, on seeing the duty pressure, fled, leaving their mining gear behind.

Meanwhile, Poku’s arrest is seen as important as residents allege he has been at the forefront of illegal mining activities within the area, with the backing of some traditional leaders within the area.

Tour

The job pressure last Monday led some selected media homes on a tour of the polluted Offin River and destroyed forest reserves as a part of the campaign against illegal mining within the area.

The Vice-President of GNASSM, Sampson Kofi Wiredu, explained that the tour was to give the media an perception into what was occurring and make sure that, certainly, some traditional leaders and folks in management roles have been deeply concerned in illegal mining, which was threatening their jobs.

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