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The Western North Security Coordinating Council has embarked on an illegal mining monitoring operation in the Aowin and Suaman Municipal/District respectively.

The operation was held in the wake of illegal mining activities that have been destroying forest reserves and polluting water bodies in the region.

During the operation in Aowin Municipality and Suaman Dadieso, illegal miners were found mining on rivers such as Tano, De-Sue in Aowin Municipal and the Sui, and had polluted and destroyed river bodies and forest reserves in the areas.

However, two Chinese nationals and five Ghanaians were arrested in the Aowin Municipality whereas eight suspects comprising 3 Chinese nationals and 5 Ghanaian citizens were arrested in the process in Suaman District all in the Western North Region.

The suspects, however, have been sent to the Regional Police Command for further investigations.