Following the arrest of two Chinese nationals, Li Xinglong, Managing Director and Gao pan, Accountant both workers of Earl International Group (GH) Gold Ltd and a Ghanaian, Michael Atta also a driver of the company at the Kotoka International Airport on June 1 2021 by National Security for allegedly possessing 21 gold bars valued at 2 million US dollars, the miner who allegedly brought the Chinese into the country has angrily reacted to the arrest, describing the culprits as clever illegal galamseyers, whose licenses for operations are suspicious and need to be revoked and deported for violating the laws that govern the state mining.
In Mr. Charles Toleog Ndanbong press statement dated June 4, 2021, in addition to a separate telephone interview with the Supreme Newspaper, he is the Managing Director of Yenyeya Mining Company, operates at Gbane, Talensi District in the Upper East Region.
According to him, he brought the Chinese to purposely provide mine support services to his (Ndanbong,s) mining firm ,duly registered as a small scale mining firm, stressing that Li Xinglong allegedly used a Chinese Company Shaanxi to form Earl International Group (GH) Gold Ltd.
The miner said through dubious partnership, Shaanxi Mining and so-called sister company Earl International Group GH Gold Ltd invaded Yanyeya minning concessions to operate illegal mining which was in contravention to the country’s laws.
The two companies Ndanbong said, eventually breached the initial contract agreement of providing mine support services to his company and have since, engaging in Illegal mining on his concession, adding that as a law abiding citizen, he decided not to create bloodshed or use violence means to quit the Chinese from his concession, untill the opportune time when he would teach the Chinese some bitter lessons.
He said the Chinese illegally took over nearly fifty acres of his concessions, aside other concessions from other lawful small scale mining firms in the areas, and asked where did they received lawful mandate to operate as miners.
Terming the three arrested culprits as notorious Illegal minners ,Mr. Ndanbong applauded the National Security Secretariat for the bold and hard work done, hoping that that the whole truth about the activities of the Chinese in the country’s Illegal mining will come out.
We publish below the full text of the press release, and the pictures of arrested Chinese and their Ghanaian counterpart.