- Lebanese national brags about how people at the seat of governments support his illegal mining activities
- The illegal mining canker is being spearheaded by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu
A Lebanese national, who is involved in illegal mining, has bragged about his connections at the Presidency, insisting nobody can touch him.
The claims were made public after he was secretly recorded by an undercover journalist who pretended to be a concessioner.
In the said video, the Lebanese national, identified as one Mr. Yahaya, is captured bragging about his strong connections at the seat of government as he aims to acquire a land to mine.
Warned about his possible arrest if caught engaging in illegal mining activities, the Lebanese swept it off, saying he has people at the Jubilee House to help him out.
According to him, not even the boss of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can put him out of business because his connections at the Presidency are very strong.
He, therefore, urged the ‘concessioner’ to simply give him the number of the EPA boss, stressing his contacts at the seat of government will handle the rest.
“…for this one I don’t have any problem, you get me, nobody can touch me…. Just give me the boss’ number and don’t worry... I will let them come to the flag house (Jubilee House). As for connections, I have… I have very good connections, nobody can disturb me,” Mr. Yahaya said.
He further revealed that he was in partnership with Aisha Huang, an alleged suspect who was earlier accused of being the leader of some Chinese galamseyers in the country.
The ‘concessioner’ then warned him about the existence of the Operation Vanguard team which has been put together to go after illegal miners.
However, he shockingly boasted that the head of the Operation Vanguard team is his friend and would rather offer him protection when he acquires the concession to mine.
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