By Patrick Biddah
Nineteen Chinese nationals and three Ghanaians have been arrested and sent to the Ghana Immigration Service for the violation of Ghana’s laws.
The Chinese were arrested first of all, on the account that they were involved in illegal mining .
According to a joint team made of the Ghana National Small Scale Miners and the inter-ministerial task force against illegal mining, the Chinese did not have the requisite permits to undertake the activities that they were involved in.
The 19 Chinese are part of a group of 300 other Chinese who were illegally operating in the Aminase forest in Diaso located in the Upper West Denkyira district of the Central region.
Spokesperson for the joint task force, Mr Francis Asibi Abu, who briefed journalists, said the Chinese have been operating in the forest for 7 years and have destroyed a total of about 24,000 acres of forest reserves.
The joints operation of the taskforce, he told Journalists have successfully helped in saving the forest.
The equipment being used by the Chinese which included excavators and the makeshift accommodation which was set up by the Chinese in the forest according to him has been destroyed.
He gave the assurance that the taskforce cannot be bribed as it is alleged by critics of the anti illegal mining taskforce.
The taskforce, he noted will continue to stay on site to ensure that a reclamation of the land is fully achieved.