79 illegal miners out of AngloGold underground mine arrested

Sventy nine (79) of the illegal miners who entered the AngloGold underground mine at Obuasi in the Ashanti Region have given themselves up for arrest.

The miners came out of the underground tunnel on their own volition on Tuesday evening, according to AngloGold Ashanti.

A statement signed by the Managing Director of the mine, Eric Asubonteng, said no illegal miner was injured when they came out of from the mine.

“The individuals, who had entered the underground area without authorisation, walked out of the mine through the main exit point on their own accord and are in the custody of the Ghana Police Service. No injuries were reported,” the statement said.

The release encouraged the remaining illegal miners to emulate the example of the rest and use the designated exit any time of the day.

“It is important to reiterate that the main exit ramp from the mine, which is remote from the currently active working areas of the mine, remains open allowing any unauthorised persons underground to exit at any time. Those who may still be underground are strongly encouraged to utilise the designated exit points, where public security personnel remain on standby,” the release added.

On Monday May 30, about 52 illegal miners were arrested for unlawfully entering the mining shaft belonging to AngloGold Ashanti.

The number forms part of those who willingly came out of the mine and handed themselves to the police.

About 300 illegal miners had been trapped in one of the shafts at Anwiam in the Obuasi East District of the Ashanti Region.



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