MCAG mounts pressure on GAF to publish report on arrested Vanguards’ probe

Media Coalition against Galamsey (MCAG) has charged the Military High Command to make public its findings and sanctions against three members of the anti-galamsey task force, Operation Vanguard, arrested for colluding with illegal miners.

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) last week suspended three soldiers with the anti-galamsey task force.

The soldiers were reported to have connived with certain individuals to extort monies from illegal miners. A statement from the military said the accused officers have been placed under arrest while investigations continue into their conducts.

Hailing the action of the Military High Command, the Convener for the Media Coalition Against Galamsey, Mr Ashigbey, said: “It was important that whatever happens just as we have been informed about the arrests have made, we should also be informed about the findings of the investigations.”

Speaking on Starr FM yesterday, Mr Ashigbey noted that the actions of the three do not in anyway discredit the task force’s fight against illegal mining across the country.

“When the Military themselves are taking actions against miscreants in them, I think it rather gives us hope that they will clean up if there is any elements of wronging in them,” he stated.

The Operation Vanguard task force was set up last year by government to help fight illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey.

The task force has impounded a total of one hundred and one (101) varied weapons and 2,347 ammunition from galamsey sites since the miners illegally acquired July 2017.Most of these weapons.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Operation Vanguard, Squadron Leader Robison Omane-Agyei, revealed this while speaking at a stakeholder’s forum at Akyem Osino in the Eastern Region organised by Media Coalition against Galamsey.

According to him, the task force has seized a total of 548 excavators out of which 215 have been confiscated and handed over to various district assemblies for use by the courts, and others demobilised.

Also, 1,447 water-pumping machines have been impounded.

Additionally, the Operation Vanguard task force has impounded 79 vehicles, 71 motorbikes and 5271 Shanfai machines from galamsey mining sites nationwide.

 

Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU

Writer’s Email: freeman.koryekpor@todaygh.com

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