Illegal miners in business
Illegal miners in business

Scores of illegal miners, fighting violently to access the Obuasi underground mine had their biggest disappointment last weekend when a combined team up of the municipal police, G4S, military and AngloGold Ashanti ‘landed’ at the galamsey sites at the Obuasi Golf Course area.

Massive Illegal Mining
Massive Illegal Mining

The rag-tagged illegal miners, about 50 in all, were seriously digging access holes to the underground when the law enforcement agencies arrived; leaving them no option but to lay down their crude implements, in submission .

As a goodwill gesture, the security team, instead of arresting them, cautioned them against illegal mining. “ We don’t want to see you working on the Obuasi mine concession again”. The leader of the crack team who did not want his name to be mentioned warned said.

Once the ‘headquarters’ of illegal miners in the country, thanks to government intervention and the company’s media campaigns and education, the number of galamsey activities have significantly gone down, especially underground. On surface, the illegal miners and their criminal fraternity have not spared the mine. They have been stealing the eye of the ore body, spare parts, cables, roofing sheets, wooden panels, air conditioners, etc.

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