-Miners who were engaged in a standoff with ‘Operation Vanguard’ members have come out to rubbish the story of the task force
-The miners claim that they did not provoke the security personnel as earlier reported
-A representative of the small-scale miners indicated that they were not fighting with the task force
The illegal small-scale miners of Wawasi, a suburb in Obuasi who were reported to be resisting task force activities against galamsey have come out with their version of the event.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Accra FM, a representative of the miners, Adamu Alhassan indicated that they did not fire at the task force or pelt them with stones as was reported.
Adamu Alhassan added that they were law-abiding citizens and would not obstruct moves by the government to clamp down on galamsey activities in the region. He said some of the people gathered at the scene were just civilians but were suspected to be illegal miners.
He indicated that it would be unwise to engage in a stand-off with the task force judging by the arsenal the task force wielded. He indicated that the task force fired at them because they suspected they were illegal miners. He reiterated that the first shots were fired by the task force and follow up shots led to the death of one of the miners.
He also added that the ‘Operation Vanguard’ team did not administer any first aid to the wounded miner as was the claim earlier.
Reports that came in on Sunday, August 6 indicated that some task force members had come into contact with stiff opposition in carrying out their mandated task of clamping down on the activities of galamsey operators.
They indicated that some enraged illegal miners started pelting their patrol car with stones and followed it up with gun shots leading to a reply with a show of force killing one miner in the process.
This claim has been rubbished by the miners to be clearly untrue. Speaking in an interview, the Public Relations Officer of Operation Vanguard, Major Gariba Pabi gave an account of the issue as reported by the task force.
Wawasi is noted for rampant galamsey activities and now, there are two accounts to grapple with.
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