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19 ‘fake’ national security operatives mining at Atewa Forest

19 ‘fake’ national security operatives mining at Atewa Forest

19 ‘fake’ national security operatives mining at Atewa Forest

At least, nineteen (19) persons, who claim to be national security

operatives, have been apprehended by the police in the Eastern Region

for illegally mining gold in the Atewa Forest reserve.

The suspects, according to Joy News sources, invaded the reserve at

Akyem-Akateng with arms on the dawn of Tuesday under the

guise of clamping down on illegal miners.

The suspects, who were onboard a Toyota Land Cruiser V8, reportedly

clashed with angry residents and forest guards who had vowed

to resist illegal miners.

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The angry residents reportedly deflated the tires of the five V8 vehicles

they used for the operation.

Confirming the arrest to Joy News, the Forestry boss, Kwabena Adu-Bonnah,

said they were able to arrest them after the residents outnumbered

the armed men.

19 ‘fake’ national security operatives mining at Atewa Forest
19 ‘fake’ national security operatives mining at Atewa Forest
“Yesterday around 8:30 pm, an informant from Akanteng informed

us about the presence of some people in military outfit entering the

galamsey area so we mobilzed and around 4 o’clock and went to

the community, by then they were coming down so with the help of

the community we were able to arrest about 19 and later 11,” he stated.

The arrest of these persons brings to 65 the number of persons who

claim to be members of the state security embarking on illegal mining

in the Eastern Region, in a spate of 10 days.

“In a matter of 10 days we’ve been able to arrest 65 people who are

either in military or police outfits claiming to be national security officers.

Last week we arrested some, this week, we arrested four,

19 and 11 at some galamsey sites in the region. They have all been

handed over to the police for further action,” Mr Adu-Bonnah said.

Though the police have remained tight-lipped, sources confirmed

that the suspects have since been transferred to the Eastern regional

police headquarters in Koforidua for investigations.

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