There was chaos at Akyem Akanteng in West Akyem Municipality in the Eastern region Tuesday morning when some persons purported to be operatives of the National Security sneaked into the Atewa Forest to allegedly mine gold.
The so called national security men according to sources arrived with five V8 Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles.
They invaded the forest with arms at dawn under the guise of clamping down on illegal miners.
The suspicious residents together with forestry guards who were later informed about their entry also entered the forest and managed to arrest 15 of the alleged National Security Operatives who were in the forest and handed them over to the Kade District Police Command for further investigation.
The angry youth also deflated the tires of the five V8 vehicles. The Assembly Member for Akanteng electoral Area, Henry Owusu Kesse spoke in an interview to the media that three weeks ago, there was the claim that a huge gold deposit has been discovered in that stretch of the Atewa Forest by an illegal miner.
The His Said has attracted all forms of people who are trying to invade the forest.
While Akufo Addo led government claims to be fighting the menace, they have their men equally destroying water bodies and forest reserves and this confirms the thought of many Ghanaians that until the government stops doing Galamsey, the whole fight about Galamsey will continue to be a mirage.