Simon Osei Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah says the security agencies in the Ashanti Region need commendation for arresting Aisha Huang for engaging in illegal mining.

To him, the security agencies in the region deserve commendation because they were able to arrest her after she beat all other regions on the border with neighbouring countries.

The Minister was explaining how the suspect was arrested again in the country she had earlier been deported out of the country in December 2018.

“I think first of all the Security Agencies in Ashanti must be commended because Ashanti Region is not a border region, we don’t share boundary with any country. So how she got here to the [Ashanti] region, that one I cannot tell, investigations will definitely reveal that.

“What I know for now is that she claims she got here on 31st [August] and that is what we also know, that, she got into the region on 31st and we have to do some investigations to find out the reality that she was in town,” Mr Simon Osei Mensah said in an interview with Citi FM.

The Chinese national was earlier arrested for engaging in illegal mining activities and was arraigned.

However, the state showed disinterest in the case, filed a nolle prosequi and deported her to China, her home country in December 2018.

Surprisingly, at an Accra Circuit Court last Friday, [September 2, 2022] she was arraigned for engaging in illegal mining activities again in the Ashanti Region.

She was charged with three others for allegedly engaging in illegal mining in Ghana.

The accused persons were charged for engaging in sale and purchase of minerals without a licence. The other three are Jong Li Hua; Huang Jei and Huiad Hiahu, all Chinese nationals.

Prosecutors told the court she had acquired a Togolese visa with a different Chinese passport and a different name, Ruixia Huang, flew into Togo and sneaked into Ghana.

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