Anti-galamsey operation in the Atiwa East District lead to the arrest of 24 people

A joint anti-galamsey operation team took place at Asamang Tamfoe in the Atiwa East District in the Eastern region Thursday, September 30, 2022.

During the operation, there was a violent resistance by the rampaging youth, who hurled stones and other dangerous implements leading to firing of warning shots by the task force.

The joint team led by the Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Magnus Reindorf Sam retrieved a pump action gun, 2 excavators, 2 motorcycles, 1 tricycle, and 2 pumping machines.

Some vehicles were destroyed while some of the illegal miners blocked the road to prevent the team from moving out of the community with the excavator and other equipment seized.

24 suspected illegal miners have been arrested and are being screened for prosecution. However, others managed to escape.

Osabarima Okogyeaman Apagya Ofori IV head of Okyeman Environmental taskforce led the joint operation with the Kibi Divisional Police Command to invade the illegal mining sites in Asamang Tamfoe community.

The Chief was struck in the head by a flying stone and was rushed to Kibi Government Hospital where he was treated and discharged, other people were also injured in the violent clash.

After being discharged from the hospital, Osabarima Apagya Ofori IV told the media that, the illegal miners in the community have resisted and attacked the Okyeman Environmental taskforce after many attempts.

He decided to collaborate with the Police to clamp down on them to protect the environment from the scourge of Galamsey.