- Some government officials have been named as part of those frustrating the work of the taskforce formed to fight illegal mining
- After the arrest of some Chinese national, they tried to bribe members of the taskforce but were unsuccessful
- The suspects have meanwhile been sent to the police station to be processed before a court
Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that some government officials are involved in illegal mining in some parts of the country.
The named officials are the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Amasie West in the Ashanti region, Nii Larteh Ollenu, as well as some officials from his district and the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).
The head of the taskforce monitoring team, Francis Assibi Abu, revealed that the team had a tip off that some Chinese nationals were illegally mining at Manso Adjaadjokrom, so they moved in and arrested two of them.
To the surprise of the team, some officials from the Assembly and NADMO came to the scene to rather provide protection for the illegal miners.
“They came there because they said our presence there was rather a disaster so they came to the scene to protect them; about eight or nine NADMO officers who were in NADMO jackets were also there to rescue the illegal miners,” he revealed.
When the officials realised that the monitoring team were serious and was not going to allow the Chinese to walk free, they then decided to “plead for them that they are partners”.
Per a report by 3news.com, he claimed the officials tried to influence the team with money for the release of the illegal miners, “but we told them we cannot do that. I made them aware that was not possible”.
He mentioned one Samuel Asare Brew, who claimed to be the secretary to the DCE and Owusu Mensah, among those who tried to impede the work of the taskforce.
That notwithstanding, he said the suspects were sent to Obuasi Central Police Station and were to be processed for court on Monday April 29, 2019.
However, when contacted, the DCE, Nii Larteh Ollenu denied claims that Samuel Asare Brew is his secretary.
He disclosed that his secretary is a female, and that he will summon a meeting with NADMO and other officers to unravel what transpired.
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