The 200 military personnel deployed by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to fight illegal mining (galamsey) in water bodies have destroyed nine excavators, 127 changfans and on fuel pump.
Operation Halt as it as been named has also led to the arrest of two Chinese nationals.
Dominic Nitiwul, the Minister of Defence has cautioned that soldiers will take action against any individual who is found to have returned to the site.
“It is noted that since the operation commenced on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, to Thursday, April 29, 2021, the troops have destroyed a good deal of equipment including nine excavators and 127 changfans. Furthermore, the following items have been seized and would have been but for the fact that they will be used as exhibits in court for prosecution. The items include 8×24 plate batteries, one pump action gun case, a generator, a Huawei phone, a chainsaw machine, eight raincoats, fuel filters, non-citizen Ghana cards, two drilling equipment, and two boots.”
“These items will be destroyed except what the police deem necessary for their work for prosecution.”
He also added that galamsey-endemic regions will be patrolled and operations will be carried out where major river bodies and forest reserves have been polluted.
“This operation will be conducted on all major river and forest reserves in all galamsey endemic regions throughout the country to rip them of illegal mining activities.”
“There will be aerial patrols at places where GAF has also swept past. Armed men would be authorised to take immediate action on anyone who returns to these river bodies to engage in galamsey activities.”