The Central Regional Police Command has arrested two persons in connection with a mine pit collapse that killed more than sixty persons in Dunkwaw Breman in the Upper Denkyira West District.The two – Kwaku Appiah and Kofi Appiah are believed to the owners of the said mine site that collapsed to claim several lives last Wednesday and they are assisting police in investigations.
Ghanacrimereport.com gathered that the said mine pit was acquired illegally and the deceased were working on an illegal (galamsey) mine site owned by the two in police custody.
36 of the victims were retrieved by personnel from National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and over 30 people are believed to be still trapped whose bodies are not being able to be retrieved as of the time of filing this report.
Many of the 36 retrieved victims are still in critical condition at the Dunkwa-on-Offin Government Hospital responding to treatment.
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is collaborating with many state institutions including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, the Ministry of Defence operating a module “Operating Halt Illegal Mining” in the country.
By Gideon Kwasi Peprah