A/R : 5 Chinese illegal miners arrested in Oda forest reserve at Bepotenten

Five Chinese nationals involve in illegal mining have been arrested by a joint forest and military task force at Bepotenten in the Amansie central district of the Ashanti region.

The Chines miners were arrested on last Saturday afternoon while mining inside the Oda forest reserve near Asante Bekwai at the time ministry of land and natural resource had ban illegal and small scale mining activities cross the country.

The Chines national at the time of their arrest were seen busy mining in the deep Oda forest reserve with mining excavators seriously cutting down trees to pave ways for their mining activities.

A resident of Bepotenten, speaking on anonymity told Ultimate FM’s Isaac Justice Bediako, the Chines nationals were brought into the forest reserve by some government officials with military escort purposely for Galamsey pits reclamation. ‘these foreigners were brought here by government officials for reclamation exercise, but we the residents here know there has never been any mining activity inside the Oda Forest reserve. You have seen the pictures your self is this a reclamation site? they retorted.

”We have done our possible best to know those behind this particular mining site but any time you approach the Chines they tell you it’s government official contract. Now they have been arrested by the joint forestry and military task force trust me the police will struggle to prosecute them because the powerful hands behind the their work is above Bekwai police command’ he said.

Ultimatefmonline.com sources have indicated that the five illegal miners are currently behind bars at Asante Bekwai divisional police command to assist police investigations.

However, it’s not clear either the illegal miners will be arraign before court today’s as the Bekwai police command has refused to speak to the media over the arrest.

By:Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Isaac Justice Bediako