The Ashanti Regional Police command has confirmed that they are keeping 14 illegal miners who were arrested at Obuasi today.
Looking pale and malnourished, the illegal miners surrendered themselves to AngloGold Ashanti security personnel Friday morning at Obuasi, after running short of water and food.
They gave their names as Twurukube Adambo 30 years old, Joseph Akubila, 27 surrendered yesterday while Kwaku Buni, 28, Kwabena Baffoe, 25, Inusah Tahiru, 21 and Kofi Saga, 20, Suleman Noduno, 30, Abdul Razah, 19, Ibrahim Yaku, 28, Kassreso Osman,23, Yusif Dramani, 28, Adongo Lesuhe, 32, Zalesri Yere, 29, and Kofi Srhayene, 19 gave themselves up this morning.
Speaking to the Obuasi media, the Obuasi Divisional Police Commander, ACP Berchie Dwumforur said his office was inundated with “calls that some illegal miners working underground illegally were in trouble yesterday and were ready to give themselves up at the northern section section of mine.
He warned illegal miners operating in the municipality to put stop to their dangerous activities, else nobody would be spare when caught, adding that “the illegal miners have been sent to Kumasi for further investigation and possible prosecution”.
The arrest is coming at the time that Obuasi mine has launched a major education programme to educate the public on the dangers and horrors of illegal mining activities, which have increased in recent times in the municipality.
The illegal miners, always armed with machetes, crowbars and locally - made pistols have changed their tactics as they now use illegally acquired explosives to defend their illegal turf, with no regard for the safety of AngloGold Ashanti employees and the people in the communities.
Source: Sekyiwa Darko
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