Some 32 galamsey operatives facing a court for engaging in illegal mining in the Atewa Forest have said the office of the President sent them into the forest to undertake that activity.
The accused persons made the revelation in anger after the Koforidua Circuit Court’ B’ presided over by Her Honour Mercy Addei Kotei refused them bail today, Monday, 24 May 2021.
Seated in handcuffs in a bus, the 32 suspects accused the governing New Patriotic Party of using and dumping them.
“You sent us to Ayawaso in the 2020 election, 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,” they threatened angrily.
The 32 accused persons are George Asante, Kwaku Frimpong, Alfred Kyei, Yaw Opoku, Richard Nartey, Paul Osei Kuffour, Dominic Beblie, Samuel Kofi Edusei, Silas Boakye Gyan, Joseph Oduro Asare, Mukaila Attah, Stephen Opoku, Michael Quansah, Derrick Adu Kwakye, Razark Suleman, Stephen Kofi Felan, Dominic Ghansah, Robert Nartey Tetteh, Eric Addei, Yakubu Mohammed @ Jordan 1 and Benlord Abebio@ Commander.
The group were picked up earlier this year by a joint security and community operation days after the government waged war on illegal mining.