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Court remands two for attempting to traffic 47 Ghanaians to Guinea for illegal mining

A circuit court in Takoradi has remanded into prison custody, two persons, Tanihu Azumah Donnick and Andrews Alimo Yorgakor, all aged 35, for attempting to traffic 47 Ghanaians to Conakry in Guinea through the high seas.

The two, however pleaded not guilty to the charges, and will appear before same court again on March 15th 2018. The accused persons together with the 47 were all in court when the case was called on Wednesday, March 7.

The Prosecutor, ASP Isaac Mensah Appenteng told the court, presided over by Ms. Rita Doku, that the two arrived in Ghana from Conakry about a month ago where they operate small-scale mining without a licence.

He explained that 47 Ghanaians between the ages of 18 and 58 years were successfully recruited by them to Guinea for their illegal mining expedition. According to him, the 47 set sail in a canoe owned by the two accused persons On 1st March 2018, at about 3:30 pm, from the Akplabanya beach in Ada in the Greater Accra Region traveling on sea to Guinea.

They had on them 47 pieces of water hoses, 32 pieces of water pumps, seven bundles of blankets, 32 pieces of pipe mining equipment and 28 pieces of Changfer engines.

The Marine Police in Takoradi upon intelligence picked from some community members at Nkotompo moved to arrest them at sea.

Marine Police Commander ACP Seidu Iddi tells us the 47 others who were arrested with the two have been released whilst the two are still in police custody awaiting trial.

ACP Seidu Iddi is on the line to tell us more.

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