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GAF Renders Account On Operation Halt II

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has given an account on the army’s operation in the clamp down against illegal mining in the fourth quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023.

The focus of the Operation Halt II team during the time under review was on the Western, Central and Ashanti regions.

These operation, the GAF said has led improvement in the turbidity of some waters.

Late 2022
The Force said Ayamfuri, Wassa Akropong, Prestea, Essiama, Asankragua, Enchi, Samraboi, Dadieso and others was in focus during their operation in the Central and Western regions in 2022.

In the course of their operation 13 arrests were made- all illegal miners- including two Ghanaians, a Chinese and 10 Burkinabes. They have since been handed over to the Police Service.

In addition to that, 315 Chagfans, seven pumping machines and 10 excavators were seized.

In the Ashanti Region in the same period, the GAF said, they conducted their operation in Abore, Dasome, Takorase, Manso Nkran, Kaniego and others, in the Amansie South District.

Over there, the soldiers laid hold on 115 chagfans, 51 generator sets and 90 water pumps.

No arrest was recorded.

1st Quarter Of 2023
No one was arrested within this period, however, 120 changfans, six excavators and 27 water pumps were seized at the various sites.

In addition to that an operation in some areas in the Atwima Nwabiagya District led to the confiscation of a Toyota Fortuner, a Honda Fit, an excavator and excavator accessories, it reported.


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