The anti-galamsey force has confirmed the arrest of five persons in relation to illegal mining at Akwatia in the Eastern Region.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Newsnite Wednesday, the leader of the Special Monitoring, Evacuation and Operation Team of Operation Vanguard, Nana Yaw Boadu confirmed the arrested persons were affiliated to the two biggest political parties.
Two of them are New Patriotic Party (NPP) members and three are the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) members, Mr Boadu, said.
He did not disclose the identities of the persons but added Members of Parliament from both sides of the aisle are also on their radar in the fight against illegal mining.
He said logistics, including excavators, were seized from them and they would soon be sent to Accra.
He said 20 excavators were seized from the illegal miners but only 10 have been sent to the police station due to immobility of the others.
He had earlier said the operation took place at Apraman and the logistics moved to the police station there, but when quizzed further, said the operation took place at Akwatia in the Eastern Region.