Sefwi Elubo Chief, Brother Grabbed Over ‘Galamsey’
The police last Friday, September 16, arrested the chief of Sefwi Elubo and his brother, in connection with illegal mining activities within the town.
In a press release dated, September 17, 2022, the police said, the arrest was made on Friday, in the Sefwi Elubo township in the Western Region.
The suspects, Nana Anini Baffour and his brother, Kwadwo Affi, were arrested following police investigation of a video circulating on social media showing illegal mining activities in some compound houses of the town.
According to the police, it is also pursuing six other people in connection with illegal mining activities in the area.
They stated, “The suspects, Nana Anini Baffour and his brother Kwadwo Affi, were arrested following police investigation of a video circulating on social media showing illegal mining activities in some compound houses of the town.
“Investigation has so far discovered dug-out pits from the compound leading to the bedroom of the chief’s brother,” the press release added.
The release, signed by the director of public affairs, Grace Ansah-Akrofi, further indicated that, “Four other deep dug-out pits have also been uncovered by the police in other houses in the same vicinity.”
The arrest of the traditional leader comes at a time when there are widespread concerns about the involvement of chiefs in the illicit act.
Following the re-emergence of galamsey kingpin, Aisha Huang, some citizens have accused traditional leaders of being complicit in the act.
According to them, some traditional leaders conspire with illegal miners and give them land to facilitate their mining activities.
In the wake of these developments, government has reaffirmed its commitment to dealing with the menace, and bringing all perpetrators to book.
Meanwhile, regarding the arrest of the chief of Sefwi Elubo, the police said, “Investigation has further revealed that the chief, his brother and six other suspects who are on the run are the main people behind the illegal mining activities”
“As investigation continues, we would like to assure the public that all those involved will be brought to face justice,” the release concluded.