A team from the military has destroyed mining equipment allegedly belonging to illegal miners who have invaded forest reserves in the Kasena-Nankana West District in the Upper East Region.
The equipment included chanfan and drilling machines and small instruments.
The team stormed the Wuru Forest Reserve at Sanyiga-Kasena-Gavara-Kara, a community resource management area in the Kasena-Nankana West District, and burnt all the equipment belonging to the illegal miners and also flushed them out of the community.
The illegal miners have caused massive destruction to the environment along the Ghana-Burkina Faso border and are also posing a major threat to wildlife in Ghana’s western border with Cote d’Ivoire, a habitat that hosts the Mole National Park in Ghana.
They were seen busily mining deep inside the forests and had cut down large numbers of trees. In addition, they had cleared pathways through the forests to facilitate their activities.