Operation Vanguard Joint Task Force (JTF) Forward Operating Base (FOB) West have arrested four (4) Chinese nationals and one (1) Ghanaian suspected to be illegal miners at Asendua near Hiawa in the Amenfi Central District of the Western Region on 21 May 2018.

The Chinese nationals, have been identified as Tan Zhonguang, Wei Wenzxue, Li Shiping and Wei Hue Lim were apprehended on the site together with one Ghanaian counterpart, 44 year old Kwabena Acheampong, whiles some others managed to flee from the scene.

The patrol team chanced upon one (1) Sany excavator with chassis number SYO33DBG52838 at the site and has since been sent to the Manso Amenfi Central District assembly, with one other immobilized Zoomlion excavator with chassis number ZL0300360E0000021 left on the site.

The team also seized one (1) locally manufactured single barrel gun with three (3) ammunitions and destroyed two (2) water pumping machines. The suspects and the exhibit have been handed over to the Manso Central Police station pending further investigations.

Public Relations Officer of the Task Force Squadron Leader Robinson Omane-Agyei told Empire News investigations are underway to ascertain how they got access to the land for possible prosecution