Operation Vanguard Task Force arrest 15 illegal miners at Prestea

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The Operation Vanguard Task Force has arrested 15 illegal miners, including a Burkinabé national at Prestea in the Prestea-Huni Valley District in the Western Region.

The Burkinabé national, Abdulai Diallo, 32, was part of illegal miners who were arrested on Monday August 14 in a swoop by the task force.

The 15 illegal miners have since been handed over to the Prestea police to be processed for court.

Major Adams Gariba Pabi who speaks for the task force told Graphic Online that the operation was still underway and will arrest all persons engaged in the illegality.

He has, therefore, appealed to the public to volunteer information that could lead to the arrest of any more foreign illegal miners flouting the directive to halt all small scale and other illegal mining.


The Operation Vanguard is aimed at ensuring that all forms of illegal mining are stopped.

The task force, comprised of 400 security men from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Police Service and have been divided into three groups to cover the Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions.


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