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103 illegal miners remanded in prison custody in Tamale


One hundred and three (103) foreigners have been remanded in prison custody by the Tamale District Magistrate Court one for illegally prospecting gold without lawful authority.
The suspects included: 99 Guineans, four Malians and two Ivoirians. The suspect have been charged for illegal prospecting for gold which is against section 80 (A) of the mineral and mining Act 1986 PNDC law 153.
The suspects were arrested at Tinga a village near Bole in the northern region on 21 December, 2013 with gold mining equipment by the security officials at Bole.
Presenting the facts, prosecutor Chief Inspector Kyereme said the Bole District Security Council (DISEC) had information that some foreigners came to Tinga prospecting for gold without lawful authority.
He said the DISEC held emergency meeting and resolved that the security go and track them down. Chief Inspector Kyereme said the suspects after they were rounded up were brought to the Tamale for further interrogation.
The prosecutor said all the 103 suspects admitted the offence. The presiding judge, his lordship Anthony Asaah said the suspects have no place of abode and that they cannot be bailed.
The judge also described the cases as very serious one since the illegal mining activities affect the environment. The suspects are to reappear on January 7, 2014.


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