10 Arrested, 2 Excavators Destroyed in Forestry Commission Operation

By Riddy10 2 Min Read

Illegal mining activities have once again come under scrutiny as the Rapid Response Unit of the Forestry Commission executed a targeted operation on Wednesday, 29th November, 2023.

The focus was on the Anwiaso East Forest Reserve, specifically in the vicinity of Manse, near Diaso, within the Bibiani Forest District in the Western North Region.

The urgency of the operation arose from reports of illegal miners infiltrating the reserve with heavy machinery, wreaking havoc on the forest cover, and contaminating water bodies with their unregulated activities.

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Disturbingly, these operations were suspected to be supported by certain political figures within the district.

In a strategic and surprise move, the Armed Unit of the Commission apprehended 10 individuals involved in illegal mining.

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In addition to the arrests, the team took swift action, completely dismantling two excavators and two heavy-duty electrical plants discovered at the unauthorized mining site.

To ensure the safety of the suspects and streamline legal proceedings, they were transported to the Dunkwa Police Station.

Subsequently, they will be moved to the appropriate police jurisdiction in the Western North Region to face the full consequences of their actions.

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Samuel Darko-Akonor, the Coordinator of the Rapid Response Unit at the Forestry Commission Headquarters, issued a stern warning to potential wrongdoers, urging them to cease their criminal activities.

He emphasized the unit’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the integrity of forests and water bodies, affirming their readiness to take the fight to those who threaten the environment.

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