- Exton Cubic Group threatens to sue government over equipment seizures.
- Company says seizures have already cost it over three hundred thousand cedis and counting.
A mining company that owns a bauxite concession in Nyinahini, Ashanti Region, Exton Cubic Group, has threatened to sue government over the Ashanti Regional Minister's seizure of heavy duty equipment owned by Engineers and Planners (E&P).
Aided by the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Atwima Mponua District, Mr. William Darko, Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei Prempeh authorized the seizure of equipment - which include lowboy 18 wheelers, container offices, and generators - saying that they [the equipment] will remain in custody until documentation proving E&P's legal operation in the mining area.
Now in a letter written to the Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo, Exton Cubic Group - a company allegedly owned by Ibrahim Mahama - legal representatives say that they've been directed to notify government of potential legal action to be taken against it over the equipment seizures.
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In their letter, Exton Cubic's lawyers state that the government's move to seize E&P's equipment has already cost it GHC 308,074 since they were seized on August 20th (GHS 61,615.00 daily), and that that number will continue to accumulate as long as the equipment remains in government's custody.
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“In the light of the foregoing, our client has instructed us to serve you notice of its intention to institute legal proceeding against the State as a result of the wrongful interference by State officials with our client’s right to prospect on its concession and also a breach of its right to administrative justice..." reads a snippet of the letter.
According to Exton Cubic's lawyers, their client always had an "unquestionable right" to carry out prospecting activities and that the seizures were a "breach of its right to administrative justice".
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