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The Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu has stated his abhorrence to the deployment of military personnel to guard illegal mining sites in the country.

Consequently, he has sworn to take up the issue with the Ministry of Defence to ensure the growing indiscipline is halted.

Sounding livid after finding two military personnel at a small scale mining site at Tontokrom, Mr Amewu said it was unthinkable to find people who should protect the country rather aiding impunity.

He expressed sadness at the way foreigners were being aided by security officers to milk the country dry.

ARRESTS:

Meanwhile, four expatriates who were in charge of the mining site were picked up at the Tontokrom site.

They were two Ukrainians, Vadim and Faris and two Russians, Isaer and Serebii.

These expatriates operating with the name Geo professional services had been mining at the site using the small scale licences of two Ghanaian companies.

The expatriates, before the swoop by the Lands ministry had been given a deadline of 17th May to stop all their illegal activity.

Four expatriates who were in charge of the mining site were picked up at the Tontokrom site. They were two Ukrainians, Vadim and Faris and two Russians, Isaer and Serebii.

CHIEF:

Speaking with tears, the chief of Tontokrom recounted how the expatriates had terrorised the town folks for resisting their activities.

He said many of the people had suffered ailments as a result of the beatings meted to them by the Russians who used Ghanaian military personnel.

The expatriates, the chief revealed had been mining at the site for the past 12 years.

He, therefore, urged the minister to halt the illegal activity of Geo professional services and rid the town of the torture of expatriates.

Story by Michael Ofosu-Afriyie, Kumasi

2017-05-24 @17:31:10

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