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Lands Ministry probes military’s alleged brutalising of illegal mining task force

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources says it established the task force purely to help the security agencies fight illegal mining

Members of a task force on illegal mining operating under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources are alleged to have been brutalised by military officers on Wednesday (19 January 2022) in Asankragwa in the Western Region.

A statement issued by George Mireku Duker, a deputy minister of lands and natural resources, however notes that the ministry established the task force solely to help the national security agencies fight illegal mining.

The statement says that the ministry, on receiving an alert about an illegal mining site in Enchi in the Western North Region, dispatched the task force to the area to deal with the operation.

The task force members identified an illegal mining site along the road around Manso-Amenfi. This led to the arrest of two individuals spotted working at the location.

The statement further said that “on their way to Accra, after the arrest, some military personnel met them around Wassa Akropong”. The soldiers are said to have accosted them and are “purported to have brutalised the team and sent them to Obuasi Central Police Station”.

The ministry said an investigation has been launched to find out what really caused the confrontation between the military personnel and the task force members.

Read the full statement

Nicholas Brown

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