The Lands and Natural Resources Ministry says it is unable to account for some 214 excavators seized from illegal gold miners in the country.
At its last count, the sector minister, Kweku Asomah Cheremeh, claims the Ministry had only 157 excavators left in its possession.
Speaking at the Information Ministry’s meet the press series today, The Minister who himself stands accused of engaging in illegal mining activities, claim “the Ministry is currently working on reconciling these figures which were hitherto given by Operation Vanguard and Galamastop.”
Critics are already questioning how such huge machines could simply develop wings and take flight on the blindside of an entire ministry tasked to keep them away from illegal miners.
Perhaps a more plausible explanation is the fact that both the Minister, his colleague at the Environment and Science Ministry, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, other government appointees and executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been caught in various compromising exposés to be the main kingpins of illegal mining activities in Ghana.
In January 2020, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, disclosed that most of the excavators that were seized from illegal miners had vanished.
However, shortly after that announcement, a secret recording of Professor Frimpong Boateng was leaked. In the video, he was clearly mediating an impasse between his political party officials who felt aggrieved that they were not allocated some of the seized excavators to mine their illegal concessions.
Professor Boateng who is also the Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee Against Illegal Mining (IMCIM) agreeing with his party officials that they were mining illegally to amass funds for the coffers of the ruling party.
Earlier, several individuals linked to Professor Boateng have been fingered in the mafia-like illegal mining business.
Indeed, Whatsup News has seen situational reports showing how brutal Professor Boateng and his cohorts had smashed any opposition to their illegal business.
Whatsup News has intercepted a 1st October 2020 report written by Sgt. Rtd. Francis Assibi Abu to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), where he narrated how he was kidnapped on the orders of the head of the IMCIM and Minister of Science and Environment, Prof. Frimpong Boateng.
Sgt. Assibi Abu was Head of the Military Taskforce and Monitoring Team tasked to stop illegal mining activities in Ghana by going after illegal miners. But he said, even though he was officially appointed by the government for the task, Prof. Frimpong Boateng and Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, Minister of Lands & Natural Resources. He was then asked to “quietly” stop his task of arresting illegal gold miners.
In the report seen by Whatsup News, Sgt. Asibi narrated how on September 29, 2020, he was kidnapped by hitmen sent by Prof. Frimpong Boateng and Asomah-Cheremeh: “On the 29/9/2020 the taskforce Commander for the MLNR Rtd SSgt Assibi Abu Francis at about 1730hrs whilst in the hotel in Koffikrom Obuasi was kidnapped by three armed men wearing beard all over their faces and forced him into the operational vehicle of the Lands and Natural Resources Toyota Hilux with registration number GR378717.The kidnapping activated widespread police messages around the country which compelled them to divert the intended kidnapped into a national security task which attracted questions at the Bluegate by many who were Innocent of the task.At a certain time, I was told I was going to meet one Rtd Col Siribuo and DSP Azugu.”