One person has been arrested in connection with four excavators that went missing at the Aviation Lands in Adentan where some seized galamsey excavators have been parked.
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh has ordered the arrest revealed this in an interview with Citi News monitored by ABC News yesterday.
According to the Minister, he received what he described as a distress call informing him about four of the parked excavators being moved from the venue of the seized machines.
Upon reaching the site, the equipment had indeed been moved. Upon inquiries, he was informed by a gentleman whose name he did not mention that three gentlemen appeared before him purporting to act on the instructions of Professor Frimpong Boateng that four of the excavators should be released to somebody.
“Yesterday around 5 pm, I had a distress call that four of the excavators are being hauled from the pool so I drove here and lo and behold when I got here they had already gone. And I met a gentleman whom I quizzed and then he said that he was here when three gentlemen appeared before him purporting to act on the instructions of Professor Frimpong Boateng that four of the excavators should be released to somebody. So I asked why did he do that…I held him and took him to the Madina Police station,” the minister said.
He added that, “In fact, a lot of people were coming here because I had come with the sirene and that attracted most people within the vicinity to come here and later I realised that if I do not save his life the people were coming to beat him because this is state property. So I quickly drove him to the Police station for the Police to take care of him. He claims to be a security guy but I had my doubts and that is why I handed him over to the Police.”
There have been fresh agitations over the activities of illegal miners in the country ever since the Ghana Water Company Limited begun to raise red flags about the state of the Ankobrah River in the Western Region where the pollution is increasing the cost of water for consumption.
The activities of miners in some parts of the country have led to the destruction of several water bodies including the Pra, Densu and Offin rivers.
This led to a temporal ban on the activities of small-scale miners in March 2017 as part of efforts to sanitise the sector and cleanse the water bodies which serves millions of households in Ghana and the subsequent clamp down on illegal mining activities that led to the seizure of some excavators used by the illegal miners.