Seventy-nine illegal miners who were part of the 300 illegal miners who entered the mine shaft of the AngloGold Ashanti have exited, the company has revealed.
According to the company, “The individuals, who had entered the underground area without authorization, walked out of the mine through the main exit point on their own accord and are in the custody of the Ghana Police Service. No injuries were reported”.
A joint military and police task force were deployed to the scene to maintain law and order because some young persons stormed the company to create chaos.
In its latest update, the company commended the security agencies for their support.
“Following our previous statement issued on 30 May 2023, an additional 79 unauthorized individuals safely exited the Obuasi Gold mine underground yesterday.
“The individuals, who had entered the underground area without authorization, walked out of the mine through the main exit point of their own accord and are in the custody of the Ghana Police Service. No injuries were reported.
“We are grateful for the collaborative efforts of our security personnel, and the police in ensuring the safe and orderly exit of these individuals. It is important to reiterate that the main exit ramp from the mine, which is remote from the currently active working areas of the mine, remains open allowing any unauthorized persons underground to exit at any time.
“Those who may still be underground are strongly encouraged to utilize the designated exit points, where public security personnel remain on standby.
The safety and security of our employees and community members remain our top priority and AngloGold Ashanti Ghana stands ready to provide any assistance required by the authorities in ensuring the safe exit of any unauthorized persons underground.”