A leading member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has challenged President John Mahama to ensure that members of the Inter-ministerial Taskforce Team, who took the law into their own hands by ransacking Hansol Mining Company are apprehended and made to face the full rigours of the law.
The CPP’s National Youth Organizer, James Kwabena Bomfeh, also called Kabilla, was visibly displeased with the harm done to the company by some of the security personnel involved in the Taskforce’s operations and advised them to consider their authority granted them as a privilege.
A number of security officials last Wednesday ransacked the premises of the Hansol Mining Company on suspicion that the company was involved in illegal mining, but according to the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, the team rather made away with some valuables belong to the company.
The security officers, he disclosed, “took away money, gold and any other valuable they could lay their hands on and later touched the workplaces despite the fact that they saw no foreigner.”
He further revealed that they also plundered other containers and its contents “which had nothing to do with the mining activities. They also burnt down a new product called ‘wo ntumi milk maker’, which is due to be launched next month.”
“I am sure no other businessman in Ghana has suffered my fate in the history of this country”, he lamented; averring that the security services are taking advantage of President Mahama’s directive for them to check illegal mining activities in the country by rather exploiting people and enriching themselves overnight by looting and leaving businesses in a ramshackle condition.
Commenting on the issue on “Kokrokoo” Monday morning on Peace FM, the CPP National Youth Organizer also called on government to adopt a holistic approach in solving the canker in the mining sector.
“I’m challenging the President that if he is interested in these matters, the security personnel who perpetrated these acts and stole Mr. Antwi Bosiako’s materials should be questioned because if you arrest somebody for illegal mining, it doesn’t mean you should steal his things”, he said.
He warned security agencies to refrain from “bullying” people with their authority.
“If you are a Police officer; if you are a BNI officer, if you are a security force, see it as a privilege to serve humanity. Don’t use your power to bully people,” he stressed.
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