Some three persons have been apprehended for engaging in illegal mining activities in the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai forest reserve in the Western North Region. The culprits were arrested during a raid by the military and national forest monitoring taskforce. Four excavators were set ablaze during the operation. The three arrested persons are in the custody of the Sefwi Wiawso Police Command pending prosecution.
The Western North Regional Forestry Commission was not given a heads up for several security reasons, according to Thomas Okyere, head of the Regional forestry commission. He urged the Traditional Council to throw its support in the fight against illegal mining and actions that rid the land of resources and development. He also cautioned some traditional rulers whose names have come up during investigations for either supporting illegal miners or are engaged in illegal mining to desist from such acts.