Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Ghana arrests 47 illegal Chinese, Indian miners

31 October 2013, 11:36

Abidjan - Ghana’s Presidential Task Force on Illegal Mining has arrested some 47 illegal miners at Dunkwa-on-Offin in the country’s central region, an official has said.

Samuel Sarpong, the Central Regional Minister and leader of the team was quoted by Ghana’s newspaper, the Ghanaian Times as saying this when he spoke to newsmen on Wednesday in Accra.

He said that those arrested included Chinese and Indian nationals following a search by the task force around the country.

"The task force also destroyed 13 locally made machines belonging to some of the miners at two different locations.

"At Kyekyewere, some of the illegal miners took to their heels and crossed the Offin river upon seeing the team,’’ he said.

Sarpong said that the mandate of the task force was to stamp out the activities of illegal miners across the country.

He said that the activities of illegal miners had destroyed water bodies in the country including the Pra and Offin Rivers.

"The situation is so severe that efforts must be made to protect the land and water bodies from total destruction,’’ he said.

The newspaper also quoted Ransford Ninson, the Central Regional Police Commander, as saying that the police was ready to support the task force in carrying out its mandate.

He said that the exercise would be sustained in to protect all water bodies and land in the mining regions of the country.

-  NAN


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...