Kan Dapaah’s video: We don’t know Chantelle Kujawu – NPP loyal ladies

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NPP Loyal Ladies, a females’ offshoot of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) have dissociated the group from any involvement in recording and release of a videotape which captured the National Security Minister in an embarrassing spectacle.

Mr Albert Kan Dapaah has been a subject of discussion and public ridicule following the release of a video recording which captured the Minister virtually flirting and carrying out orders from a faceless lady from his hotel room far away in Europe.

Since the release of the video, social media has been inundated with mixed reactions and the release of pictures of a beautiful sassy young lady identified as Chantelle Kujawu as the faceless lady in the video.

But the leadership of the group in a statement has disowned the lady in question stating;

“Our attention has been drawn to some social media commentaries accompanied by a photo of a lady allegedly known as Chantelle Kujawu. It is being claimed in the commentaries that the lady is the one who purportedly recorded the National Security Minister in what is believed to be a private video call between him and the lady. It is further being claimed that the said lady is a proud sponsor of the Loyal Ladies group. We wish to bring to the kind attention of the general public that the said lady is neither a member nor a sponsor of our esteemed Loyal Ladies group. In fact, she is not known to the group at all.”

The statement further pointed to opposition elements as brains behind attempts to link the group to the leaked video adding that “We see this bogus claim as part of the sinister orchestrations of opposition elements to discredit the good name, reputation and hard work of the NPP Loyal Ladies.

“While assuring of its resolve to focus on relevant matters of a campaign to win the 2020 elections, the NPP Loyal Ladies indicated they remain resolute in prosecuting a more productive agenda of propagating the good works of government.

We shall stay focused on working to win the hearts and minds of Ghanaians to give H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo four more years to do more towards the realisation of the Ghanaian dream – A Ghana Beyond Aid!”

NPP’s Abronye et al sued GHC10m for defamation

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Former CEO of COCOBOD, Dr. Stephen Opuni has filed a suit against the Bono Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Kwame Baffoe popularly known as Abronye DC, seeking 10 million cedis in general damages for accusing him of embezzlement.

Also joined in the suit is U2 Company Limited owners of United Television (UTV), and the Despite Media Group, all based in Accra.

Abronye has alleged on UTV that the National Democratic Congress doesn’t like a private firm Kroll and Associate because its forensic audit discovered an amount of $106 million belonging to COCOBOD was with an NDC financier Seidu Agongo. The maverick politician further claimed that the firm found out that “an amount belonging to COCOBOD, an amount belonging to Ghanaians $420 million is with Opuni and is at the Court…

“So, if someone has done a clean investigation and had found two NDC members, the company that Nana Yaw Osafo brought that had led to the arrest of two NDC members who are in court…”

Dr. Opuni who is an internationally acclaimed trauma and reconstructive surgeon said since the utterance of these words by Abronye in November 2019, he has been inundated with numerous calls and has had to answer “very embarrassing and difficult questions and inquiries” from different persons, including associates, colleagues, friends and concerned family members in Ghana and abroad.

In his statement of claim filed in December 2019, the plaintiff asserted that the comments by Abronye suggested that the former was “corrupt, a thief, reckless” in the discharge of his financial and administrative duties and had engaged in some unlawful criminal enterprise to the financial detriment of his previous employers and the government of Ghana.

According to Dr. Opuni, what the NPP chairman said “are not only inaccurate, but highly malicious and defamatory and deliberately contrived to reduce the hard-earned reputation and good name of Plaintiff”.

The statement therefore noted, “plaintiff denies that he has ever stolen/embezzled and/or otherwise taken possession of an amount of $42O million or any other amount of money from the COCOBOD or the Government of Ghana and that he has never been involved in any way whatsoever in any such fraudulent conduct as falsely contained in the publication under reference”.

Dr. Opuni, among others, is seeking exemplary damages of GHC10,000,000.00 against the defendants as well as a retraction and apology on the 2nd defendant’s UTV AdekyNsroma programme with the same prominence.

He is also seeking perpetual injunction restraining the defendants jointly and/or severally either by themselves or their agents, associates or assigns from further publishing or causing to be printed, published and or distributed or otherwise circulated the said defamatory words and or any other similar words;

The former COCOBOD boss also wants an order of the Court directed at the 2nd Defendant to remove or cause to be removed, the said defamatory content from its media platforms particularly its Facebook page where the said program was streamed live.

Source: 3news.com

British government supports Ghana to decongest prison-Mrs. Kim Bridger (Justice and Home Affairs)

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The Justice and Home Affairs Advisor at the British High Commission Mrs. Kim Bridger has charged management of Ghana Prison Service to reduce congestion in prison and also to treat inmates in human dignity. The British government is prepare to support Ghana’s drive towards criminal justice reforms to create environment that truely support rehabilitation. The British government is also determine to support the health and well being of vulnerable communities and societies as their well being affects societies. Justice and Home Affairs Advisor affirm these commitment when she visited Ankaful Prison Complex to inspect projects sponsored by the British government.

Leaked video: A hug from you will put me to sleep – Kan Dapaah tells ‘side chick’

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A video of the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah in a bedroom conversation with a lady who sources allege is his girlfriend has leaked online.

In the video, the Minister who is supposed to be conscious of his security is clearly taken off-guard and being ordered around while in the said video conversation to show the make of his pyjamas.

He was seen displaying his pyjamas which he claims is classy and a depiction of his taste for good things.

The lady who okays everything the Minister puts asked that he calls her so she confirms his outfit before he steps out for his meeting.

The Minister who was ready to take his bath said he wishes he could hug the lady in question adding that hugging her puts him to sleep.

This website cannot confirm the relationship between the two people but the “I love You” and the fact that the Minister asked that they continue their video call as he goes to take his bath is a clear indication that they have something going.

Watch the video below

Kan Dapaah caught lovey-doveying on duty with woman who isn’t his wife

Dir. Gen of Prison inspects British government Compulsory Prisoner Transfer Agreement projects

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The Director General for Ghana Prison Service Patrick Darko Missah has inspected British Government sponsored projects agreed under the “Compulsory Prisoner Transfer Agreement” between British Government and Government of Ghana at the Ankaful Prison Complex in the company of Mrs. Kim Bridger, Justice and Homes Affairs Advisor to British High Commission. Director General expressed his satisfaction and gratitude to the British government for the projects.

Transport minister stops DVLA boss’s lawlessness

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Minister of Transport, Kweku Ofori Asiamah, has pulled a break on the implementation of the controversial DP Sticker numbering system by the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority’s (DVLA) boss, following accusation that, it had no endorsement from the sector Ministry, Board, the Police among others and above all, poses a national security risk.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority, Kwasi Agyeman Busia, is reported to have taken a unilateral decision to roll out the policy this year, without following proper procedure or the involvement of stakeholders, including getting Parliament to repeal sections of the Road Traffic Regulations.

But information picked up by The Herald, revealed that the Transport Minister, wrote a strongly worded letter to the DVLA boss to immediately halt the sticker system and revert to the DP number plates or write to the Transport Ministry, explaining the reason for the new policy to enable the Ministry to go to Parliament to have the law changed.

The order comes amidst a report from the DVLA that a company, had been awarded the contract to do the digitized stickers described as obscure, because they could hardly be seen by anyone much more the police.

Terms and conditions of the transaction, including the cost, company name, address and ownership are yet unknown, except a certain Abebrese of the DVLA being linked to it.

There are also snippets of information, saying a private bank account was opened for the DP stickers deal with the signatories also unknown. It is not clear, how much was realized until the Transport Minister stopped it.

On Monday’s January 20, 2020 edition of The Herald, the paper published the tension the decision has generated, leading to a frosty relationship between the Board Chairman of the DVLA, Frank Davies and the CEO, for running a one man show at the state institution.

But reacting to the publication on Accra-based Peace FM on Monday, CEO of Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) Kofi Kapito, who had previously spoken against the new policy through a press conference, revealed that the Minister has stopped the implementation of the policy and commended him for stamping his authority to ensure things were done right.

According to Kofi Kapito, Mr Agyeman Busia, aside unilaterally implementing the new policy, went ahead to open a new bank account different from the main DVLA account without the knowledge of key officials at the Authority, who should have been in the know, saying “Can we sit in Ghana for someone to take us for grant like that?”.

He went on to advice Ghanaians who were charged GHc199 during the period of the implementation of the digitized stickers, to go for a refund of GHc45.

He asked the DVLA CEO, to respect authority and do the needful by writing to the Minister, who will intend inform Parliament for the necessary arrangement to be made.

Confirming the directive by the Minister to stop the DVLA boss, Kofi Kapito, said when he went to the port to clear his vehicle just last Saturday; he was this time given a number plate, instead of the controversial digitized sticker.

“They have stopped! As at the time they went for their meeting and the Minister asked him to put it on paper, the reasons why he wants to change the law, so that he takes it to parliament. So as at the last management meeting, including the board, they have stopped.

Anyone who goes there today or tomorrow and he or she is given a sticker; tell the person the law says, it is plate not sticker”, he stressed.

He went on, “I will commend the Minister, I will commend the board that after their meeting, they have told Kwasi Busia that, if he wants to bring the stickers, he has to follow the law.Those who have been given power, must respect Ghanaians”.

Kofi Kapito, who lashed out the DVLA boss for being adamant and refusing good counsel, said the contract for the new sticker, according to him was signed last year.

In December, last year, the CPA boss, threatened to bring a court action against the DVLA, if the Authority does not backtrack on increments that it has slapped on the price for the acquisition of DV number plates, insisting that the increment by the DVLA, is unilateral and illegal, since neither Parliament nor the Minister of Finance, have approved it.

“The DV Plate is what allows you to drive the vehicle on the road. There is a fee which is authorized through Parliament or through the Minister of Finance. The total cost is Ghc154. the DVLA has actually raised it from 154 to 195. By law, no institution can levy or tax the people of this country without the proper channel of approving the tax or the levy which is either through the Minister of Finance or Parliament who says they pass the law that Ghanaians should be taxed.”

Addressing the press in Accra on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, Mr Kapito, explained that the said imposition of the levy, is in clear breach of the Road Traffic Regulation, LI 2180, which instructs vehicles being cleared at the ports to have metal plates and not a piece of sticker.

Mr Kapito, also pointed out that the DVLA is violating the law by issuing stickers to drivers in place of number plates.

“The other portion is actually the Act that talks about the plate, spells it out in clear language that it should be a plate, one in front,. One at the back the law hasn’t changed it from a plate to a sticker.”

He had warned that, if government does not direct the DVLA to backtrack on the increments, the CPA, will go to court for judicial compulsion against the Authority which last year made millions arresting drivers with fake stickers, because of frustrating bureaucratic delays in the acquisition of genuine number plates.

CPA described the move and the fees as illegal fees being charged for imported vehicles.

The CPA, insisted on a refund of the 23 percent extra charges which resulted in the statutory levy jumping from GHS154 to GHS190, which the DVLA has imposed on all owners of imported cars in exchange for a temporary clearance sticker.

Insurance charges overnight moved from GHC1 to GHC45 to the surprise of many.

“We will go to court to stop the DVLA and I am also saying that I have heard that they have started and I am going to ask the Minister to compel them to refund everybody’s money,” he stated.

At its first board meeting on January 9, 2020, Mr.Busia, The Herald was informed, was heavily reprimanded for embarking on such a major project.

He was also accused of ignoring the security implications that the non-use of the number plate pose to law enforcement, crime detection and prevention in the country.

The DP Sticker policy, The Herald was informed, had no approval from the Lawyer Frank Davies-led board, the Ministry of Transport, as well as the Ghana Police Service’s Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD).

The Herald’s checks, revealed that when the issue first came up at the Board meeting, Mr Busia, reportedly told the board that he went ahead to launch the stickers – which many have said can easily be faked with a simple computer and printing machine – after seeking a legal opinion from a lawyer friend of his.

This is said to have drawn venom from Lawyer Frank Davies and several other members of the board.

The DVLA boss is said to be the son of the NPP stalwart, Madam Ama Busia, who has President Akufo-Addo’s ears, hence has attained a status of an untouchable within the government circles and does things without consultation and approval of his board.

Indeed, Commissioner of Police (COP) Christian TettehYohuno, who is the current Director-General of the police MTTD, was reported to have first kicked against the policy, however, the DVLA boss, went ahead and procured computers and printing machines to implement it, ignoring all the security concerns raised by the police; major stakeholders in the operation of driver and vehicle licensing in the country.

Aside the stickers being easy to fake as was the case with the Luxury Vehicles Tax stickers, the DP sticker policy, is against the second schedule of the Road Traffic (Amendment) regulations1995 Li 1605, which specifies features expected on vehicle’s number plate, and these are missing on the DP stickers.

The DP sticker policy, has also been found to have flouted the Road Traffic Regulation 2012, LI 2180.

But this is not the first time Mr Busia, had implemented a controversial programme, placing the DVLA and the Akufo-Addo government in a bad light.

Not long ago, he authorized the sale of a First Aid Box in the name of the DVLA at an outrageous amount, thus opening up the Akufo-Addo government for a massive public backlash, until a directive was issued for the withdrawal of the policy.

The Herald, is also informed that, Mr Busia, was the proponent of the controversial Luxury Vehicles Tax on cars with engine capacities of 2.9 litres and above and just like the First Aid Boxes in the cars, the Akufo-Addo government was eventually forced to scrap the controversial Luxury Vehicle Tax exactly a year after its introduction in response to opposition from several institutions, including the Car Rental Association of Ghana.

It was argued that between August and December 2018, only GH¢21.3million was realised from implementing the tax – far below the GH¢104million that was projected to be collected within the period.

Vehicles with engine capacities of between 2.9 – 3.5 litres attracted an annual tax of GH¢1,000; those with engine capacities of 3.6 – 4.0 litres paid GH¢1,500 annually; while 4.1 litre engine vehicles and above paid GH¢2000.

The DVLA had on Christmas day, announced the digitized smart DP Sticker, saying it was as part of the government paperless agenda at the various ports of entry to replace the existing DP plates in use.

The authority, had hidden behind Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s digitization agenda for the Ghanaian economy, as crucial plank of the “Ghana Beyond Aid” agenda.

The DVLA boss, believes that the introduction of the DP Sticker was in line with this agenda, and would help with further blocking of any revenue leakages associated with this essential service at the port.

He also had described the sticker as environmentally friendly, with high security features, and can be validated easily by law enforcement agents and also, increases revenue assurance through high accountability.

The price of the new digitized DVLA DP sticker was same, as the number plate.

The Herald, findings are that the issuance of the stickers flout the second schedule of the Road Traffic (Amendment) regulations1995 Li 1605 which states that “the identification mark registered in respect of a vehicle shall be embossed on the metal plate consisting of 99 percent aluminium and laid with 95 percent silver reflective sheeting or coating and of the thickness of 1 mm and hardness of temper 14(h14)”.

Additionally, the Road Traffic Regulation 2012, LI 2180 states that “where a person registers a motor vehicle or trailer, the Licensing Authority shall assign an identification mark in respect of the motor vehicle or trailer, adding “the identification mark shall be carried by the motor vehicle on two plates which shall conform to the requirements of the second schedule”.

Source: theheraldghana.com

NPP MP: My 3yr better than NDC 8yr record-AAK MP (Elvis Morris Donkoh) touts achievement

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The Member of Parliament for Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese Constituency Elvis Morris Donkoh has touted his three year achievements to be better than NDC’s eight year records. According to the MP, there is no single community in the two hundred and sixty-five (265) villages that make up the constituency without his project. Speaking to what has been achieved under employment, he said they have given jobs to thousands of youth under afforestation and Nation’s Builders Corp programs. In addition to that, he has personally supported over five hundreds youth to undergo apprenticeship training in beautician, fashion design, carpentry and others. His contribution to access to potable water and health care delivery is not left out.

Adom News gathered divergent views from the voters when we spoke to them to ascertain the MP’s claim of superior records under his three year stewardship. Some voters told www.ghanabanews.com they could not see his development projects he spoke about whiles others confirm his claim. Some of those we spoke to expressed that they campaigned for the New Patriotic Party during 2016 election. Some even said they sent money to people living outside Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese constituency to come and vote for the party. Looking at the economic hardship being experienced, the same can’t be said about the party. They have lost interest in the party and doesn’t think they can campaign for the party come 2020 election.

When quizzed about voters inability to see his numerous development projects as he claimed, especially the people of Moree.  He was shocked voters expressed divergent views as far as his contribution and visibility is concern most especially where some of those who spoke to Adom News claimed to be NPP members and had campaigned for the party during 2016 election. The Member of Parliament quickly attributed the situation to lack of effective communication. He pledged to work with the party’s communication team to strongly communicate the good works of the party and government to the people.

State files appeal against ACP Benjamin Agordzor’s bail

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Information reaching MyNewsGh.com from government sources indicates that the office of the Attorney General is planning to file an appeal against the bail granted Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Benjamin Agordzo.

ACP Agordzor is one of the suspects standing trial for allegedly plotting to destabilize the country and is still being held in police custody although he has been granted bail by a court in Accra on Tuesday.

A source told this portal that the state intends to file an appeal against the bail.

ACP Agordzo who was granted a self recognizance bail to the tune of GHS500,000 after he met all the requirements and was required to deposit his passport at the court’s registry as prescribed by the court which he fully complied.

The police however refused to take him to the court to sign off for his bail.

This new information came to light after Cephas Agordzo, brother of ACP Agordzor revealed that they have been denied access to relative after his bail, describing the development as ‘persecution’ of his brother.

“The court set conditions that he has been given self-recognizance bail and that he should deposit his passport at the High Court registry which we did yesterday [Tuesday], and when we came back to the police custody, they called again from the court that the police should bring him back to court to come and sign his bail, but the police refused to do that from yesterday [Tuesday],” he said.

It appears government or the state intends to keep him locked up but using the same court system. Attempts get official comments from Attorney General’s officers yielded nothing.

Afoko-style detention

This will not be the first time the state has refused to obey a lawful court bail order. In the trial of Afoko, the state refused to respect an Accra High Court order by Justice George Buadi in March 2019 who granted Afoko bail in the sum of GH¢500,000.00 with two sureties, one to be justified after his lawyers had argued for it.

Relations of the suspect were said to have met all the bail conditions set by the court but he was never released prompting them to cite the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu, the CID Boss COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah and one Chief Inspector Nkrumah for contempt for violating the court’s directive to release the suspect on bail.

Shockingly however, the suspect who was on admission at the Police Hospital after vomiting blood last week, was on Monday July 24, 2019 taken to the Accra Lands Court 12 presided over by Merley Wood who quashed his earlier bail.

According his lawyers, the decision by the judge is shocking when the bail was granted by her colleague in March this year to Gregory Afoko with an appeal against same still pending.

The case went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Cent Reg Red Cross to train over 500 school drop out girls in KEEA in literacy and employable skills

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Central Regional Red Cross Manager John Ekow Aidoo has told www.ghanabanews.com that the Ghana Red Cross Society in collaboration with World Educate and UK Aid is training over five hundred school drop out girls selected in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abreem (KEEA) Municipality to acquire literacy and numeracy under it youth development program. The program is to use non-formal education module to train selected beneficiaries. In addition to the program, beneficiaries will have the opportunity to be trained in any employable vocational skills of their choice. This is to make them beneficial to themselves and their respective societies.

Over five hundred school dropout girls have been selected by Central Region Red Cross Society to undergo non-formal education to acquire literacy, numeracy and vocational skills of their choice. Most of the girls told www.ghanabanews.com reasons that led them to  dropout of school.  Most of them dropout of school as a result of hunger and financial constraints.  They have vowed to that, they will remain resolute to complete the program successfully so that they can acquire employable skills to better their lives . According to them, life has not been easy being young lady without any employable skills.

An opinion leader Thomas Baidoo who represented the chief of Breman Essiam urged beneficiaries to try as much as possible to zip up their panties to enable them go through the training program successfully. He said even if it has to take them to speak to their husbands and fiancées to give up sex thereby not impregnating them which could eventually affect their training program to do so. He shared his life experience by regretting not accepting his classmate decision to teach him how to sow dresses. According to him, if he had learnt it, now that he is on retirement, he would have been doing sowing to earn additional income to support his life. Now that he is at home after retirement, he goes to farm to do hard work to earn additional income to support himself.

Sinking Frimpong-Boateng exposes more galamsey Lords

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The highly revered heart surgeon turned politician, Prof Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, is out to salvage his reputation from the fallout of the Galamsey saga with revelations that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), its Constituency, regional and national executives, as well as its Members of Parliament (MPs), Ministers of state and their relatives, are briskly involved in the illegal mining business, while stopping others with heavily-armed policemen and soldiers.

In this regard, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations (MESTI), whose son Jojo Frimpong-Boateng, is also linked with the Galamsey business, has lodged a complaint with the Ghana Police Service against a journalist with Accra-based Peace FM and the suspended NPP Central Regional Vice-Chairman, Ekow Ewusi, who is one of the six suspects already being investigated by the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in connection with the 500 missing excavators that were seized from illegal miners.

Jojo Frimpong-Boateng, has been linked to a company called, Symphony Limited, said to be involved in the Galamsey business.

But his father in a letter dated February 5, 2020, bearing his signature and addressed to the Director-General of the CID, Prof Frimpong-Boateng stated: “In October last year, one Mr Seth Mantey, a journalist working with Peace FM, was apprehended because of unlawful excavator sales. In the course of the investigations, Mr Mantey, confessed that he was contracted by Mr John Ofori-Atta, the then-National Security Coordinator for the Central Region, and Mr Ekow Ewusi, to use his bank account at the National Investment Bank for what, effectively, was money laundering.

“The proceeds from the excavator sales were lodged in Seth Mantey’s bank account, adding “The moneys lodged were later cashed and given to Mr John Ofori-Atta, who, in turn, gave some of the money to Ekow Ewusi”.

Prof Frimpong-Boateng, who is also the Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), further revealed that “Seth Mantey’s statement and a statement from the National Investment Bank, are attached to this letter”, and asked “I wish to appeal to the police authorities to investigate the matter”.

On the same day that Prof Frimpong-Boateng addressed the letter to the CID, the leader of the team in-charge of monitoring and securing all seized earthmoving and auxiliary equipment used for illegal small-scale mining, revealed that 315 excavators had been seized as of January 31, 2020, but only 127 are left in the central pool in Accra.

According to Nana Yaw Boadu, some of the excavators, have found their way back into the forest reserves where they were seized.

He said about 32 are back in the forests of Obuasi in the Ashanti region, while about 15 are back in Tarkwa in the Western region.

“Some of the machines have gone back to the mining site”, he told Accra-based Asempa FM’s Ekosiisen talk show on Wednesday, 5 February 2020.

According to him, the team, in collaboration with the CID, is now investigating how the seized excavators found their way back to the bush.

Nana Yaw Boadu, said the trackers on some of the excavators were “disengaged”, thus, the difficulty in tracing them.

Apart from the excavators, Nana Yaw Boadu, said the team is also in charge of all other mining equipment seized from the galamseyers by the Operation Vanguard team. They include, fuel pumps, batteries, and ‘chan fans’.

About a week ago, Prof Frimpong-Boateng, disclosed that some of the 500 excavators allegedly seized by the IMCIM, had gone missing.

In an interview with Accra-based Joy FM, he said: “We were told that 500 [excavators] had been seized and given to the district assemblies but later on, when we went out to check, the figure was far less than that”.

Asked the exact figures, the minister answered: “I cannot tell you exactly what, but I can tell you it was far lower than the 500 put out”.

He, however, noted that the earthmoving equipment that went missing, were in the custody of the district assemblies.

“That was the case in most of the areas, so, we sent people out there to talk to the district assemblies and we got Vanguard involved and most of them had disappeared”, Prof Frimpong-Boateng said.

On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, the CID issued a statement announcing the arrest of six suspects in connection with the missing excavators.

They include Horace Ekow Ewusie, Frederick Ewusi, Joel Asamoah, Adam Haruna, Frank Gyan and John Arhin.

Ekow Ewusi, Frederick Ewusi and Joel Asamoah, have been cautioned on the offence of stealing, while Adnan Haruna, Frank Gyan and John Arhin, have been cautioned on the offence of abetment of stealing.

The CID statement, said the suspects were arrested on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Abelemkpe in Accra.

While this was happening, a video popped up on social media which captured the voice of Prof Frimpong-Boateng and Ewusi, as well as others, having a heated argument over galamsey.

Certain known names in the NPP such as the General Secretary of the party, John Boadu; the party’s Ashanti Regional Chair and Bernard Antwi Boasiako (Chairman Wontumi) were mentioned in the video in connection with some concessions.

Interestingly, the President of the Concerned Small Scale Miners, Michael Kwadwo Peprah, has alleged that several ounces of gold seized from illegal miners by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining between 2018 and 2019 have gone missing.

This comes on the back of the arrest of Horace Ekow Ewusi and five others for their alleged involvement in the disappearance of some confiscated excavators and Mr Preprah, insists the situation warrants further investigations.

“You have seized people’s excavators and those excavators cannot be found. They have seized people’s gold because they thought they were engaging in galamsey and that gold cannot be found and at the end of the day, we are back to the same problem,” he said.

“If we are able to seize over 500 excavators, then imagine the number of gold that will be seized alongside the excavators because all those excavators were used in mining. And at the end of the day when you go and catch the person in the act, they were not catching stones, they were mining. So if you should take the gold with the excavator, you should know the amount of gold we are talking about. It means that in this fight against galamsey, people were using it to enrich themselves. Now that we have brought the military and they have failed, what is next? That is one thing we fear.”

Michael Kwadwo Peprah, also said the suggested dissolution of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining as hinted by the NPP General Secretary, John Boadu is long overdue.

“We said it over again that using the military to fight the problem is not the solution and the government did not adhere to what we were trying to say. Now that at least we have had evidence from all that we were saying, it is a lesson to them. And it is a lesson to the subsequent government. The problem is a very complex one and if you do not understand the problem, that is when you make mistakes like what we have done,” he said.

Source: theheraldghana.com