Illegal Mining Two Chinese illegal miners grabbed

The Intelligence Department of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) arrested the two Chinese, Li Wen Qieng 28, and Mo Sin Shan 35  for excavating the land in the night for gold, destroying the cocoa seedlings.

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Two Chinese illegal miners have been arrested for mining COCOBOD’s seed garden in Wassa Saman in the Western region.

The Intelligence Department of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) arrested the two Chinese, Li Wen Qieng 28, and Mo Sin Shan 35  for excavating the land in the night for gold, destroying the cocoa seedlings.

The Public Relations Officer at COCOBOD Noah Amenyah said that the two Chinese are in police custody assisting with investigations.

Narrating the incident, Mr. Amenyah said that a Ghanaian, named only as Wonder introduced the Chinese miners to the land through his company, Wonder Mining Company Limited.

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He said that the Chinese began mining 2 to 3 acres of the land with the help of the Ghanaian, called Wonder.

“A security guard of the Seed Production Department of COCOBOD spotted two huge bulldozers with erected canopies mining on the land and drew the attention of the Intelligence Department of COCOBOD  to the operation,” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

“After investigations, the culprits were arrested with the assistance of the Ghana Police at Wassa Saman but were granted bail on the same day due to lack of communication,” he added.

He said the Chinese illegal miners, however, went back to mine the garden the same day after they were granted bail on 0ctober 23, 2016.

They are now with the police assisting with further investigations, he said.

Mr. Amenyah further described as worrying galamsey activities in the area as cocoa farmers are willing to sell their farms to illegal miners in  Wassa Saman in the Western South Cocoa region.

Oxford Business Group warns Ghana of drop in cocoa production

The Oxford Business Group (OBG) has warned that Ghana may face a drop in cocoa production as the results of illegal mining.

The warning from the group comes amid a public backlash against government's lukewarm attitude toward dealing with the illegal miners.

The group, in a statement, said the activities of the illegal miners also have a grave impact on the environment which may compromise Ghana's food security.

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