-Members of Operation Vanguard have been cleared of murder charges by an autopsy
-The report indicated that the death of four illegal miners was caused by drowning
-The report could not however tell how the 4 miners drowned
An autopsy report that has surfaced after the death of 4 illegal miners at Akyem-Akukuso near Atiwa in the Eastern Region has confirmed that the four miners who died were not shot by team members of the national task force.
It was earlier reported by residents that the 4 illegal miners, Iddrisu Usiff, Charles Osei Amponsah, T.T and Alhaji had been killed by some members of operation vanguard; an allegation that was vehemently challenged by the leadership of the taskforce.
According to the Eastern Regional Minister Eric Kwakye Daffour, the cause of death of the 4 was reported as drowning. He went on to indicate that as at the time of the unfortunate incident, members of Operation Vanguard were off duty.
The report has come to rubbish earlier reports that the galamseyers were shot by members of the anti-galamasey team vindicating the security personnel of any wrongdoing.
What is however left to resolve is to ascertain how the four men got drowned and if there was a perpetrator involved in the deaths.
Colonel William Agyapong who is the Commander of the National Taskforce earlier gave the assurance that the deaths of the four was not caused by his team. He also indicated that they were not prepared to spill any blood in order to carry out the task they have been mandated by the government to do.
On the matter of the deaths, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante-Apeatu has assured the residents of the region that they were working closely with the homicide department to unravel the mystery behind the deaths of the four illegal miners.
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