The embattled Central Regional 1st Vice Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ekow Ewusi, has dropped a staggering revelation in a petition to the Director-General of Bureau of National Investigations to as a matter of urgency institute investigations into “seized and movable logistics” by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal Mining and its activities.
According to Mr. Ewusi in the petition sighted by Awake News, out of the total of two hundred and fifty-four (254) seized as at October 31, 2019 “an undeniable one hundred (100) of these excavators had been released under the direct orders and instructions of the Hon Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof Frimpong Boateng with the remainder, all in safekeeping yards in Accra.”
He also revealed that some undisclosed “confiscated Gold, Movable vehicles and auxiliary logistics” were “hauled to the office of the Chairman of IMCIM-Prof Frimpong Boateng” and wants to cause an investigation into their whereabouts.
“There was a framework implemented by IMCIM to engage constituents in the mining enclave in community mining which I believe will be of interest to your office to also investigate these mining towns engaged in this Community Mining Programmes, namely Okyerekrom, Nkoteng, Kotokuom and Fomena which have all benefited from the Community Mining and to whose benefit and interest were these Community Mining programme designed and formulated.” – Mr. Ewusi said in the petition.
He also wants the BNI to “proceed with investigations in the operations and activities of these companies, Thy will Company Ltd, Symphony Company Ltd, River Restoration Company Ltd and their relationships with the IMCIM.”
“An additional Investigation is hereby requested to be caused into the mining activities and operations of a young man believed to be an aide to Prof Frimpong Boateng otherwise known in Mpasatia as “Joe Farasee”.”
Read the full petition:
THE DIRECTOR GENERAL
BEREAU OF NATIONAL INVESTIGATION
PETITION TO INVESTIGATE SEIZED AND MOVABLE LOGISTICS BY
THE INTER-MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON ILLEGAL MINING (IMCIM)
I write as a citizen of the Republic of Ghana and an Auctioneer (tasked to cart movable, seized and available logistics into safe keeping by IMCIM) to your high office as the Director General of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), to cause a swift and steady investigation over the alleged missing 500 excavators, kilos of gold and some auxiliary logistics which were seized by Galamstop-an operational wing of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal Mining (hereinafter referred to as IMCIM), likewise the entire team members of Operation Vanguard.
In the letter and spirit of the policy framework by the official entity (IMCIM) tasked to eliminate the fight against illegal mining otherwise known in the common parlance as “Galamsey”, I was contracted by IMCIM to cart all movable machinery and mining equipment’s seized by the operational wings of IMCIM (Galamstop & Operation Vanguard) into safe keeping and possible auctioning of these items at a later date.
This peculiar and risky task I had discharged to my utmost best as unquestionable benefits have been realized to the satisfaction of IMCIM.