Military Fire Shots In Obuasi: Angry Youths Demand Release Of 48 People Who Had Been Trapped In Mining Pit

Military Fire Shots In Obuasi: Angry Youths Demand Release Of 48 People Who Had Been Trapped In Mining Pit

  • Military men have been deployed to Obuasi in the Ashanti Region after youths of the town go on a rampage over the arrest of 48 of their colleagues
  • The 48 people were earlier trapped under a mining shaft they entered illegally to steal gold belonging to AngloGold Ashanti
  • However, when they were rescued police detained them to face the law for unauthorised entry into the mining shaft but the youths want them to be released

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Soldiers fired gunshots on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, to disperse angry youth in Obuasi who were agitating against the arrest of some 48 illegal miners from the town.

The 48 miners grabbed headlines on Tuesday after it emerged that they had been trapped under a mining pit belonging to the Anweam mine of AngloGold Ashanti.

Gun shots fired in Obuasi as youth clash with soldiers.
File photo of a mining shaft (L) and soldiers standing at a location in the town. Source: Facebook/@revival99.3fm, @obuasitoday
Source: Facebook

The illegal miners had secretly entered the deep mining shafts to steal gold but they were unlucky when they got trapped in the shaft.

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After their rescue, they were detained by police for unauthorised entry into the shafts but the youth of the town are demanding the release of their relatives and friends.

A report by Asase News said the youth launched a bonfire across the streets on Tuesday in protest of the arrests.

The military was brought into the force for reinforcement.

A video viral video captures about 30 military men in the town, some on combat vehicles, others with boots on the ground and the sporadic firing of gunshots.

There were no reported bullet hits or deaths.

Soldiers storm Ashaiman over the murder of their colleague reported in March this year that social media, especially Twitter, was buzzing with photos and videos of military brutality against residents of Official Town, a suburb of Ashaiman.

The videos show armed military personnel beating up some residents, while others capture armoured military vehicles, including helicopters, roaming the town.

Reports indicate that the assault by the military personnel is in response to an alleged stabbing-to-death of a young soldier in Ashaiman.

Government accused of selling Ghana-branded ambulances in Dubai

Meanwhile, has reported in a separate story that the government of Ghana has been accused of selling state-branded ambulances in Dubai through the Ministry of Health.

Although the Ghana National Ambulance Service sought to dismiss the claim in a statement, new evidence has been published by Stan Dogbe, a former presidential staffer, to give credence to the allegation.

The former presidential staffer has published Facebook posts capturing a Facebook ad that put the state-branded ambulances on sale.

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