The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) says its officers deployed to curb illegal mining on water bodies and forest reserves, will not hesitate to destroy all equipment found at illegal mining sites.
The GAF made this known in a statement signed by its Public Relations Director, Eric Aggrey Quarshie.
It said visits by military personnel tasked to stop illegal mining activities in various areas had shown that “there were still some illegal mining activities going on in some of the areas that had hitherto been cleared by Operation Halt II”.
“These illegal activities were mostly being done in the night or under the cover of darkness protected by armed guards, as used cartridges were found at the sites. The Operation Halt II patrol that accompanies the team was ordered to destroy logistics found in these areas,” the statement added.
The Ghana Armed Forces have commenced the second phase of a security operation to fight illegal small-scale mining affecting water bodies and forest reserves.
A statement from the Ministry of Information said the exercise, dubbed ‘Operation Halt II’, is aimed at “removing all persons and logistics involved in mining on water bodies.”
The second phase of the exercise has seen the burning of excavators and other mining equipment – a move which has been justified by the government.
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