40 immigrants arrested for engaging in illegal mining activities

Posted: December 19, 2010 in Crime
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Forty expatriates have been arrested by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) for engaging in illegal mining activities in some communities in the Central Region of the country. However, one Jackie, a Chinese, believed to be an ally of some of the arrested foreigners, tried bribing GIS officials during investigations into the issue.

These forty illegal miners were arrested by officials of the Ghana Immigration Service

The arrested men, whose identities were not disclosed, are believed to be mostly Chinese, working in the Dankro, Nyinawaso and Wabianso communities, all in the Upper Denkyira area of the Central Region.

“Our enforcement unit mounted surveillance in these fourteen communities in the Central Region on December 8-10, 2010, and arrested these forty foreigners for engaging in illegal mining.

Our investigations revealed that they were working without proper working documentation,” noted Francis Palmdeti, Head of Public Affairs of the Ghana Immigration Service.

He told The Chronicle that some of the arrested expatriates were associated with Hopat Company and Hanson Limited, all registered mining companies in the country, but couldn’t produce any documents permitting them to work in the country.

A few others, according to Palmdeti, could not be associated with any company. “None of them could produce their passport, claiming they were with their bosses in Tema. All the forty are currently in immigration custody, pending further investigations,” Palmdeti told The Chronicle.

Jackie, whose name was mentioned as the one in possession of the arrested expatriates’ passports, according to Palmdeti, was invited by the GIS, but failed to produce any passports, claiming “they were with a friend, who is currently in London.”

Jackie, Palmdeti said, tried bribing the GIS officers who were investigating the case with GH¢2,000, but was arrested, and is also currently in custody, pending further investigations.

Palmdeti, however, appealed to the general public not to hesitate to report any foreigner suspected to have acquired a Ghanaian passport illegally, or working without proper documentation to the GIS for investigations.

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