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Galamsey taskforce picks 4 persons in Esiama

Gold, guns and China: Ghana's fight to end galamsey | African Arguments

Operation Vanguard, the task force tasked to fight illegal mining, has arrested four illegal small-scale miners at Esiamain the Ellembelle District of the Western Region.

The team, led by Head of the Tarkwa office of the Operation Vanguard, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nana Asomaning, swooped on the hideouts of the suspects inthe forest along the Esiama highway.

He told journalists the team could work effectively only when people volunteer information and, therefore, urged the communities to help in the fight against illegal mining.

The galamseyers, he said, wielded cutlasses and other implements which made encounter with them deadly.

“The destruction of water bodies and lands was becoming a national security threat, [and this] must be understood, appreciated for the clamp-down to be done through collective efforts of the citizenry,” the Head of Operation Vanguard added.

Meanwhile, the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko–Mensah, on Wednesday, led a team from  Operation Vanguard  to conduct an exercise on River Tano at Samreboi in  the Amenfi West District.

Sixteen excavators were seized and handed over tothe Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, according to official reports from the Regional Security Council(REGSEC).

The operation, dubbed ‘Operation Clean Water Bodies’, was aimed at stopping activities ofillegal miners on Ghana’s water bodies.

The  operation  uncovered that the illegal  miners  used  huge excavators  to excavate alarge  expanse of land  and  also re-channel the course of River Tano to a galamesy site at Samreboi.

Again, they had degraded water courses and destroyed trees serving as forest cover in the Samreboi environment. Another feature of the galamseyers was that they had created makeshift domes to facilitate their operations.

Mr Darko-Mensah indicated that the exercise would continue “until we have clean water bodies in the region.”

He charged the Metropolitan, Municipal and   District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to ensure sanity in the system for the operation to be successful.

Earlier, on a tour with the Sanitation and Water Resources Minister at Bonsa River on Tuesday,  to assess the impact of illegal mining on the river, he warned chiefs involved in illegal mining to backoff before the security agencies clamp down on them.

Mr Darko-Mensah disclosed that investigations conducted by REGSECrevealed that some chiefs were deeply involved in galamsey activities.

Most of illegal miners have the support of chiefs, which makes it difficult to win the fight against galamsey, he noted.

“There is an Akan adage which says, ‘if you are driving away the chickens and they are not leaving, it simply means the mother is hiding around’, so any chief involved or aiding illegal miners won’t be spared,” he stressed

CAPTION PICS1, 2, 5 show the havoc caused by the illegal miners at the River Tano site at Samreboi in WassaAmenfi West.

Pic3, 4 Regional Minister Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah (in cap) and team inspecting the Samreboi site with the excavators at the background.



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Veteran Actor Kohwe dies at 75

Breaking: Kohwe reported dead at 75
The late Kohwe

Veteran Ghanaian actor Kofi Laing, aka Kohwe, has been reported dead today at 75 years.

The sad news was broken by his daughter, Comfort Laing, who confirmed the news to She verified that her father passed away on the evening of Thursday, September 16, 2021, at his residence in Accra.

Currently, the cause of death has not been made public. The information will be updated as received after this breaking news.
Our sincere condolences to his family.

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Drop your old friends – Azigiza advises Moesha

Former media personality turned pastor, Azigiza Jnr advises actress Moesha to drop her old friends
Azigiza Jnr

Former Joy FM presenter turned pastor, Victor Kpakpo Addo, popularly known as Azigiza Jnr, is entreating actress Moesha Boduong to part ways with her old friends if she intends to really stay on the new path she has chosen.

According to him, the temptation to slip back into her former life will be greater if she continued to hold on to her old friends who might have had a negative influence on her.
Proffering words of encouragement to Moesha, whose disclosure of being born again has drawn mixed reactions among her followers and friends, Azigiza Jnr, who was Best West African DJ in 1991 and 1993, told Graphic Showbiz on Monday, July 19, that the latter’s repentance would have no impact if she kept her old circle of friends.

“I don’t really know much about Moesha except from current happenings but I will advise her to change her friends. I have been through whatever she is going through but you see, your growth and the outcome of the worth of life should override people who don’t share in your new interests.

“You can’t be with people who you know will continue to lead you astray when they are in your lives. Today, they will say ‘let’s go here’, tomorrow, let’s go there and get you distracted and before you know it, you are back at what you stopped,” he stated.

ust like how Moesha is being trolled for her decision, Azigiza Jnr, who is presently the lead pastor of Citizen Fellowship Church on the Spintex Road, disclosed that the story was not different from his in 1998.

Moesha Boduong

“Can you believe that some of my friends even thought I was mad or going crazy? Yes, it may sound funny but that was what I was labelled, a mad person because I wanted to live right. See, it’s better we tell the truth to people that knowing God comes with challenges.

“The storms of your life don’t calm down because you have repented. If it were so, there wouldn’t have been a storm for the disciples to call on Jesus to intervene in the book of Matthew. The question is, was Jesus not with them? Why then should they still experience a storm?” he asked.

was very important for the Away Bus actress to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to herself by always being in the news.

They pointed out such actions will be detrimental to her spiritual growth since there would be differing views on her decision.

“For you not to be broken by what people are saying, you need to separate yourself from such people because so many things have changed around you that they may not understand, including your goals and your targets,” Yaw Siki said.

Yaw Siki, who gave his life to Christ after what he said was a miraculous escape from the grips of death, said he had come to understand that God had ways of saving people from destruction.

Yaw Siki

“God used my accident to save me because even doctors who took care of me couldn’t explain how I survived, it was beyond medical knowledge. That was when I realised that there is a higher power and I prayed to experience it.

“Now, I don’t know what Moesha has been through but if she is truly convinced that what she is going through is real and divine, then she should hold on and not give up,” he told Graphic Showbiz


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[Cartoon] In the kingdom of GH¢34.8m pasco!

[Cartoon] In the kingdom of GH¢34.8m pasco!

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