The suspects were arrested red handed dredging the river bed with 34 sophisticate dredging equipment in prospect for gold.
The suspects sleep in the Heavy Equipment on river ,urinate and defecate into the river in addition to the varied pollutants including mercury released into the river.
Ghana is struggling to control illegal mining which is a major anthropogenic activity causing devastating destruction to the Country’s environment including Pollution of all major river bodies.
The situation has affected agriculture and water supply in the parts of the country .
Clause two of the law criminalises the engagement of foreigners in small-scale mining operations and also makes it an offence for a Ghanaian to employ or engage a foreigner to undertake or participate in illegal small scale-mining activities.
Clause three of the law empowers the court to order the forfeiture to the state of any mineral extracted as a result of the offence, while clause four ensures strict liability for offences committed under the law.
The law also stipulates that, a person who sells or buys minerals without a licence granted or without valid authority commits an offence and is liable to a summary conviction to a fine of not more than 3,000 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than five years or to both.
Currently in Ghanaian law,a penalty unit is GH¢12 equivalent to about $3 depending on exchange rate
The law also explains that,a foreigner who undertakes small scale mining operations commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than 30,000 penalty units and not more than 300,000 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than 20 years or both.
A Ghanaian who employs or engages a foreigner to illegally undertake or participate in small- mining scale in the country commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than 17,000 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than 10 years or to both.