The Ghana Police Service has revealed that six persons have been arrested so far in connection with the missing excavators confiscated by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining.
In a press statement released by the Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service on Tuesday February 4 2020, the police confirmed the arrest of the suspended first Vice-Chairman of the NPP in the Central Region, Mr. Ekow Ewusi in relation to the missing excavators.
According to the statement, Mr. Ekow Ewusi was contracted to take charge of the confiscated excavators and equipment before they went missing.
The police added that Frederick Ewusi, Joel Asamoah, Adnan Haruna, Frank Gyan and John Arhin are the other suspects who have been arrested in connection with the missing confiscated mining equipment.
“Ekow Ewusi, Frederick Ewusi and Joel Asamoah have been cautioned on the offence of stealing while Adnan Haruna, Frank Gyan and John Arhin have been cautioned on the offence of abetment of stealing,” portions of the police statement read.
According to the statement, all the suspects are in the custody of the police assisting with investigations.
“The public is assured that due processes will be followed,” the statement signed by DSP Juliana Obeng, Head of Public Affairs of the CID assured.
The arrest follows a request made to the CID by the Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng.
According to the letter written by the Minister, Mr Ewusi was contracted to cart excavators and pieces of equipment seized by Operation Vanguard to designated areas for safekeeping.