The anti-illegal mining taskforce, Operation Vanguard has denied claims it was involved in the death of some four persons whose bodies were retrieved in an abandoned mining pit at Kwabeng in the Atiwa District of the Eastern Region.
There was tension in the area on Sunday following reports that the four who were transporting an excavator to a mining site fled and abandoned their equipment upon seeing a team from Operation Vanguard.
But in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, the Commanding Officer of Operation Vanguard, Colonel William Agyapong said “I don’t know where the story is coming from.”
“Only last week there was another story that Operation Vanguard had killed somebody at Juaboso district. If its propaganda it will fail because the good people of Ghana will see through it. I have crosschecked with the patrol team that went to Akukuso yesterday and they had no activity in the town, it is falsehood, it has nothing to do with our operation,” he said.
Meanwhile, the police in its preliminary report said their attention was drawn to the death of the four on Sunday morning by one Isaac Annor.
“One Yaw with three others was in charge of a low loader vehicle which was carting an excavator machine to extra gold mining concession at Akukuso near Kwabeng. That on reaching a section of the road…they were reported to have encountered personnel of the operation vanguard taskforce, so the operator and other occupants all abandoned the vehicle with the engine running but found no one onboard and still could not be traced. Police proceeded to the scene of the incident, combed the area and found an abandoned mining pit filled with water. Divers dived into it and retrieved four bodies…all wearing T-shirts and pair of trousers. Police found blood and foam oozing from their mouth and nostrils.”
The police said the bodies of the deceased have been convened to the Police hospital for preservation and autopsy while investigations continue.
source: metro news | Yaw Prekoh |