- The Eastern regional minister, Eric Kwakye Darfuor, has accused some members of the Operation Vanguard team of taking bribes from illegal miners
- Outgoing Commander of the Task force, Colonel William Agyapong countered by saying that the allegation was false
- He further added that all attempts at bribing the security men have been unsuccessful
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Eric Kwakye Darfuor, the Eastern regional minister, has accused some members of the Operation Vanguard (OV) team of taking bribes from some illegal miners.
The minister, who doubles as the chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) added that this has encouraged the illegal miners to continue their business.
He further stated that the country’s fight against the menace of illegal mining may be compromised if the current trend continues.
About 400 security men have been deployed to the Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions, as they are considered as the places most prone to illegal mining, popularly called galamsey.
The teams have been tasked to ensure that all forms of galamsey have been eradicated from the regions and all mining pits have been destroyed.
In a response to the claims of bribery amongst the security personnel, the outgoing Commander of the Taskforce, Colonel William Agyapong, stated that there is no truth in the allegation.
He went on to say that there have been no interference in the work being done, and this is considered a success, as a result of the nature of the work.
No one in authority, he added, has influenced their operations in anyway.
Colonel Agyapong further stated that a lot of items have been seized and cash retrieved from those arrested have been used as exhibits in court.
He nevertheless admitted that there have attempts at bribery, but was quick to add that none of it had been successful.
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