A group of 32 illegal miners who were arrested in the Eastern Region recently spilled the beans about the active involvement of the Presidency in illegal mining activities popularly called “Galamsey”, saying they were acting on the instruction of the Jubilee House Galamsey mafia.
When the culprits who had been enlisted in the National Security appeared on Monday in a Circuit Court in Koforidua, they caused a massive stir by “singing like Canary birds” about how President Akufo Addo’s Jubilee House is their den for Galamsey.
They were apprehended by townsfolk just about the same time President Akufo Addo announced a renewed clampdown on illegal mining activities that had destroyed forest reserves and river bodies in the country.
The clampdown has been rubbished as hypocritical, particularly when a lot of officials in government and the ruling party have been fingered in owning illegal mines.
When the court refused to grant them bail for the second time, they angrily spilled their guts, accusing the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) as the puppet master which sent them to undertake the illegal mining that resulted in their arrest.
They also revealed that they were part of party thugs given National Security uniforms in 2018 and asked to storm the infamous Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections with guns blazing. They shot bullets from assault rifles at unarmed civilians as well as roughed up some of them, including the MP for Ningo Prampram, Samuel George.
“You sent us to Ayawaso, in the 2020 elections you sent us to Kumasi to make a show. But today you are calling us thieves meanwhile it is the office of the President that sent us to the Atewa Forest. NPP is not a good party. We will show them,” the spokesperson for the thugs told the court.
The revelations came after the Koforidua Circuit Court B had refused bail that the suspects’ lawyers had requested for them.
The 32 accused persons are named George Asante, Kwaku Frimpong, Alfred Kyei, Yaw Opoku, Richard Nartey, Paul Osei Kuffour, Dominic Beblie, Samuel Kofi Edusei, Silas Boakye Gyan, Joseph Oduro Asare and Mukaila Attah among others.
They have been charged provisionally with possession of firearms without lawful excuse.
According to the prosecution, they were arrested during a follow-up on a tip-off were undertaking illegal mining activities in the name of the National Security and harassing the natives of villages around the Eastern Region with their weapons.
Police officers from the Eastern Regional Police command had proceeded to the Akenteng portion of the Atewa forest reserve, near Osinease in the Eastern Region where the team met and rescued the accused persons from an angry youth at Akenteng.
They were provisionally charged and arraigned before the court of Her Honour Mercy Addei Kotei, who has remanded them into Police Custody to reappear on June 8, 2021.