[ 2012-03-10 ]
27 Chinese Galamseyers Arrested With Shorguns
Another batch of Chinese galamsey operators has
Twenty-seven Chinese nationals engaged in illegal
gold mining activities, popularly called
'galamsey' operating in the Ankobra River at
Kutukrom, near Prestea, Sikane-Asem and Tumantu in
the Western Region, have been arrested by a joint
The police also seized from them three pump action
rifles, 41 pieces of BB live catridges, two
walkie-talkies, 19 Chinese passports, four mobile
phones, a metal safe with keys and their
The five people arrested at Kutokrom near Prestea
were Jiang Yide, Lia Shangong, Jiang Yongquan, Mei
Yunping and Huang Yulin, while another four,
namely Luo Xiaoging, Nuang Chengyuan, Wu Weijiang
and Lu Zhijun were picked up at Sikane-Asem.
When the security operative arrived deep in the
night at Kutukrom, about 300 kilometres from
Sikane-Asem, 18 Chinese nationals were seriously
working in the river with their machines.
They were Chen Jhambo, Lin Ywe Wang, Wew Jin
Xiang, Tang Zah Xing, Shon Ohao Feng, Shen Youg
Nan, Wang Xing Wew, Wang Zhw Xwing, Liang
Changlin, Lhang Da Chun and Mo Yacjia.
The others were Wong Zhw Wen, Zen Ju Chun, Zhon De
Jwang, Gno Bew Lin, Sw In Gno Su and Tang Yu Jun.
Briefing journalists yesterday, DCOP Ransford
Moses Ninson, said the Western Regional Security
Council and the National Security Council
conducted the operation to flush out the
miscreants after a tip-off that the Chinese
nationals were polluting the
Ankobra River and degrading the land in the area.
He said the team mounted the operation on March 7,
2012 at about 11pm at Kutukrom, Asem-Asa and
Tumantu where the galamsey operators were busily
working without operating licences and polluting
the Ankobra River with impunity.
The Regional Police boss said Ghana welcomed
investors but every investor should have the
necessary documents and licences to operate his or
her business in an environmentally-friendly
He said that those arrested would be sent to court
immediately to be remanded to enable the police to
complete its investigations.
He advised chiefs in communities where such
illegal gold mining was ongoing to desist from
entering into agreements with Chinese nationals to
mine but to go to the appropriate authorities
because all minerals were vested in the State.
Source - Daily Guide
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