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Traditional leaders at Achiase in the Asante Akyem South Municipality of the Ashanti Region say they will be forced to face off with illegal miners if the government does not step in to stop the destruction of land in the area.

Illegal mining in the river Anuru and wetlands in the area have devastated farmlands and threatened livelihoods there.

Speaking to JoyNews, the miners said they have authorisation from the minerals commission, but the commission tells Luv News the firm has no operating license to mine in the area.

The Chiefs are not happy with the level of destruction on their land and have also vowed to face the miners themselves if the government does not restore sanity.

The Konongo Office in a telephone response described mining in the Achiase enclave as illegality.