Manso-Abodom — TWO CHINESE nationals, including two other Ghanaians were last week arrested by the Manso Nkwanta police after they invaded a mining concession belonging to Finger Mining and Five other Small Scale Miners in the community.
The suspects were arrested for their illegal occupation of a lawfully acquired mining concession belonging to Finger Mining Company and their partners operating in the community.
Their arrest followed persistent complaints from management of Finger Mining and their co-partners whose lawfully acquired lands were consistently being trespassed by the Chinese nationals.
Aside the arrest for their illegal invasion of the concession, one of the Chinese, Xie Gui Xiang, is also being held for shooting and injuring three residents of the Abodom community during an attempt to stop them from engaging in the illegal mining activities.
Names of the victims of the shooting incident, which occurred on Tuesday, have been given as Kofi Bobie, Kwabena Kyerematen and Kwaku Duah, who were said to have been amongst a group of youth who stormed the mining site to prevent the Chinese and their accomplices from mining on the land.
Two of the victims, Kofi Bobie and Kwabena Kyerematen, who suffered severe injuries, are on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) whilst Kwaku Duah, was also admitted at the Agroyesum Catholic Hospital, near Manso Nkwanta.
Briefing the media on the arrest on Friday, the Bekwai Divisional Police Commander, Chief Supt.Kwasi Akomeah-Appraku, said the police at Manso Nkwanta, received information that some Chinese nationals had taken over a mining concession belonging to Finger Mining Company Limited, who are operating alongside five other locally-based small scale miners.
He said a group of agitated youth in the community, who were apparently incensed by failure on the part of authorities in the community, including the traditional rulers, to protect the interest of Finger Mining Company and its local partners, therefore decided to confront the Chinese nationals and their accomplices.
Chief Supt. Akomeah-Appraku said in the course of the confrontation, one Chinese, Xie Gui Xiang, who was not at the scene but received information about the incident, invaded the mining site wielding a pistol which he fired into the crowd, leading to three of the protesters sustaining various degrees of injury
He said a team of police personnel dispatched to the scene managed to arrest four of the illegal miners, including the two Chinese nationals and two Ghanaians.
Chief Supt. Akomeah-Appraku said the suspects are currently assisting the police in their investigations and would soon be arraigned before court for prosecution.