The Ghana Police Service says it has arrested the chief of Sefwi Elubo and his brother “in connection with illegal mining”.

In a statement dated September 17, the Police said, the arrest was made on Friday, September 16, within the Sefwi Elubo township within the Western Region.

According to the Police, additionally it is pursuing six other individuals in reference to unlawful mining activities within the area.

“The suspects, Nana Anini Baffour and his brother Kwadwo Affi were arrested following Police investigation of a video circulating on social media showing illegal mining activities in some compound houses of the town.

Investigation has so far discovered dug-out pits from the compound leading to the bedroom of the chief’s brother”, the statement added.

Police arrest chief of Sefwi Elubo and brother over 'galamsey' activities
The statement from the Ghana Police Service on the arrest of the chief of Sefwi Elubo and his brother

In the discharge, which was signed by Director of Public Affairs, Grace Ansah-Akrofi, the Police additional indicated that, “Four other deep dug-out pits have also been uncovered by the Police in other houses in the same vicinity”.

The arrest of the traditional leader comes at a time when there are widespread issues concerning the involvement of chiefs within the illicit act.

Following the re-emergence of galamsey kingpin, Aisha Huang, some residents have accused traditional leaders for being complicit within the act.

According to them, some traditional leaders conspire with unlawful miners and give them lands to facilitate their mining activities.

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