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Court remands 12 ‘rescued’ miners for encroaching on Anglogold concession

The Obuasi District Court has remanded 12 people for allegedly encroaching on the concession of Anglogold Ashanti Obuasi Mine, where they were trapped in an underground pit for five days.

The 12 persons allegedly entered the mining pit on Friday, but the entrance they used caved in as they were trapped there for days.

Upon receiving a distress call from some family members of the affected persons, police rushed to the scene and helped to rescue them on Tuesday.

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They were then arraigned on Wednesday, where the court has remanded them into police custody.

They are expected to reappear before the court on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

The Obuasi Police suspect that the 12 persons may not have been working alone, and have thus launched investigations to help arrest other accomplices.

The twelve comprises eleven teenagers and one 20-year-old.

“I was sad when I saw them. None of them is older than 20 years. They are all juveniles,” DSP Martin Assenso, the Obuasi District Police Commander, said to Citi News.

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