Bamiankor: Chiefs demand action from police over galamsey complains
The Omanhene of Gwira Traditional Council, Awulae Angama Tuagyan II has registered his displeasure over the inability of the police to act on the report they made about ongoing galamsey operations by Okobeng Mining Company Limited in the Gwira enclave.
He stressed that Nananom have not received any feedback from the regulators and the security agencies ever since they made report.
Awulae Angama Tuagyan II made the remarks when the new Divisional Police Commander of Nzema East, Chief Superintendent Isaac Kwesi Sorkpah paid a courtesy call on the Gwira Traditional Council to formally introduce himself to the council and interact with them to ascertain the security situations in the area.
According to the Omanhene, when the chiefs give such credible information to the police, and they sleep on the information, it makes it difficult for them to risk their lives in providing an information which can at the end cause their lives, knowing very well what the miners are capable of doing.
The Omanhene on the issue of providing tight security in the area appealed to the IGP for more police stations to ensure law and order.
He disclosed that currently there are only two police stations in the entire Gwira enclave. This according to him poses a lot of security concerns to the communities and the traditional council.
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The Ninfahene of Gwira Traditional Area, who is also the Divisional Chief for Gwira Banso, Nana Ette Akrade II in an interview expressed his gratitude to the Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Isaac Kwesi Sorkpah, for the zeal and commitment exhibited to provide proper security in the area.
He appealed to IGP to support the commander and his men with the needed logistics to enable them to discharge their duty professionally.
The Divisional Police Commander for Nzema East, Chief Superintendent Isaac Kwesi Sorkpah in response told the chiefs that they have taken notice of their report and are working to ensure every galamsey activities within the command is stopped, so they will give them the feedback very soon.
He therefore assured the chiefs that they will soon update them on the made concerning galamsey activities in the area.
Chief Supt. Sorkpah promised to work in collaboration with chiefs to ensure they get rid of the galamsey activities to protect the water bodies and forest reserves from destruction.
He called for support to enable the police providing the needed security in the area, adding that a community would never be developed when its security is not assured.
He therefore told the Chiefs that the mandate of the police is to serve the people to ensure peace and order are maintained in the communities.
Source: Ghananest.com/Matthew O. A. Dadzie
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