Pulse.com.gh logo

Illegal Sand Miners Tipper trucks burnt order from above - Minister

The illegal miners fled the area before the armed forces arrived, thus no arrest was made.

  • Published:
Northern Regional Minister Salifu Saeed play

Northern Regional Minister Salifu Saeed

The Northern Regional Minister Salifu Saeed has said some 14 tipper trucks and an excavator burnt following a crackdown on illegal sand miners along the White River at Nawuni near Kumbungu in the Northern Region was an order from above.

He said "the office can confirm to your medium that the operation was conducted by Operation Vanguard."

Armed infantries of the Sixth Battalion deployed from their military base in Kamina Barracks in Tamale, Saturday, March 3, carried out a combative operation to intensify a crackdown on illegal sand winning activities in the area.

play Soldiers set ablaze trucks, excavator over pollution of White Volta


READ MORE: Soldiers set ablaze trucks, excavator over pollution of White Volta

According to reports, dozens of heavy sand mining machines including about 14 tipper trucks and an excavator were burnt by the soldiers who stormed the area by trucks.

Some residents and miners who saw the soldiers advancing towards the mining site said they counted about three military trucks loaded with heavily armed soldiers.


The unregulated operation by the miners have polluted the water source, caused deep environmental damages, pushed farmers away from farmlands and forced fishmongers to hang their nets.

Despite several efforts by the Regional Security Council, the activity persisted until management of the Ghana Water Company engaged national security personnel to combat the activity.

READ ALSO: Osino Presbyterian SHS student drowns in galamsey pit

Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has denied sanctioning the burning of at least 14 tipper trucks and an excavator at Nawuni.

The Regional Minister Salifu Saeed speaking on the development in an interview on Accra-based Class FM explained that Minister of Defence has oversight authority over the Vanguards.

He said they have "their own strategies that they have rolled out for the entire country."

He added: the burning of the trucks "was an order from above and they carried out the exercise...It was not REGSEC and REGSEC was not part of the exercise".

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 Police Brutality Counsellor Lutterodt defends police officer for...bullet
2 Ghana Police Outrage over police assault on woman at banking hallbullet
3 Police Brutality Ghanaians donate GHC12,000 to woman brutalized by...bullet
4 Police Assault Nana Akufo-Addo wades into assault of woman at...bullet
5 Frederick Amanor Forgive "our son"- Police officer’s family begs...bullet
6 Abuse In Banking Hall Policeman arrested for assaulting woman...bullet
7 Trgaedy Bride, best man die in a gory accidentbullet
8 Midland Savings and Loans Assault Bank staff were laughing...bullet
9 Patience Osafo Peace FM denies cash donation to woman...bullet
10 Tragedy Police officer accidentally kills bullion driverbullet

Top Videos

1 Video Counsellor Lutterodt defends police officer for beating womanbullet
2 Video Obinim church members confess sexual sinsbullet
3 Video I don't have time for sex - Obinimbullet
4 Ghanaian child without genitals lives throughbullet
5 Political Marriage Ras Mubarak Marries Muntaka's Daughter As...bullet
6 Anas Exposé "Nyantakyi gave out Nana Addo's room number to...bullet
7 Ebony's Death Video of Ebony's soldier singing 'morale...bullet
8 Video Sad tale of Ghanaian journalist who left BBC for...bullet
9 Name and Shame Kennedy Agyapong premieres Anas video on...bullet
10 Video Obinim dashes woman a child from his 'Children...bullet