Operation Halt allegedly burns structures of Xtra-Gold Mining Limited

Structures belonging to Xtra-Gold Mining Limited have been burnt by the anti-galamsey military task force Operation Halt.

Reports indicated that the military allegedly assaulted security men on duty.

“They returned on Saturday, sprinkled patrol on the generator plant, and around our office facility and set fire into them.

“They burnt everything in the room including the Television set, DSTV decoder and our personal belongings,” an eye witness told journalists.

He said, “the security men were deployed by the Company to protect the site so people don’t come around to steal but they were beaten by the military with the butt of the rifles”.

Defence Minister Dominic Nituwl has said that any seized illegal small scale mining (galamsey) equipment will be destroyed on site by the military officers deployed to the galamsey areas.

He said no gadget will be returned to Accra.

Addressing the media on Friday April 30, he said “We are not seizing any equipment, no equipment will be returned home, they will all be destroyed on site. No excavator, nothing will come back home.”

About 200 officers of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on Wednesday morning began an operation to forcefully remove all persons and logistics involved in illegal mining on the country’s river bodies.

By Laud Nartey/3news.com/ Ghana

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