20 Men Arrested For Illegal Mining Are Fake National Security Operatives – Government

The Ministry of National Security says the 20 persons arrested in the West Akyem Municipality of the Eastern Region for alleged illegal mining activities are not national security operatives as claimed.

A statement dated May 7, 2021, signed by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, made this known.

The statement obtained by Standupgh from the Information Ministry says “on May 4, 2021, the Eastern Regional Police Command obtained information that some youth of Akyem Akenteng in the West Akyem Municipality of the Eastern Region had arrested twenty (20) men claiming to be National Security operatives who had entered the Akenteng Forest Reserve to conduct illegal mining activities.”

According to the statement,  “preliminary investigations conducted by the National Intelligence Bureau revealed that the persons arrested are not staff or operatives of the Ministry of National Security.”

The statement indicated “the arrested persons named a contract staff of the ministry as the one who engaged them for the said activity.”

Below is the full statement

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