- Angry residents of Nankaba in Prestea are accusing galamsey task force of theft
- They say activities of Operation Vanguard is leading to the death of miners
Some residents of Nankaba, a mining community in Prestea in the Western Region are accusing government anti-galamsey task force, Operation Vanguard of violating the rights of illegal miners in the area.
According to the angry residents, the joint police and military task force are abusing the right of small scale miners, including civilians in line of discharging their duties.
The Operation Vanguard task force in a bid to stop illegal mining activities across the country arrested some 15 small scale miners at Nankaba near Prestea.
However, some angry residents who are not happy about the move are accusing the military personnel of stealing some valuables from the miners after ambushing them at their sites.
The residents alleged that, the military personnel deliberately cuts off electricity supply and a blower machines that provides air to the miners whiles underground.
With this mode of operation, the residents say have resulted to the death of some miners under their pit. They are therefore calling on President Akufo-Addo to call Operation Vanguard to order else they will take the law into their own hands.
Illegal miners and some local residents across the country have accused members of the government task force off killing some miners few days after the President deployed Operation Vanguard.
Meanwhile, there has been mixed reactions and concerns from the public and other Civil Society Organizations about the operations of the task force, with some calling on government to redraw them.
Some hold the views that, though the work of the taskforce is apt, the use of brutal force may rather worsen the plight of the people and also defeat the purpose of their creation.
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