Over 200 Police personnels deployed to curb illegal mining

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Per the directives from the Police Service, over two hundred officers of the Ghana Police personnels have been deployed to various mining sites across the country to enforce the recently announced directives on artisanal mining as well as ward off illegal miners.

The deployment comes on the back of a similar deployment of officers from the Ghana Armed Forces and it isn’t clear whether the police would replace the military.

Speaking at an event to dispatch the officers, Deputy Minister-designate for Mines and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker urged them not to allow themselves to be compromised with financial inducements as this will ruin the good intentions of government.

Picture of Mr. George Mireku Duker

George Mireku Duker is a Ghanaian from Dompim Pepesa in Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency, politician and member of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana representing the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency in the Western Region on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party.

“They have received training and must comply on voluntary principles on security and human rights. The temptations of bribery, greed for money will try to sway you off but I urge you to put on the armour of patriotism, selflessness and integrity in the discharge of your duties,” he warned.

Explaining the deployment of the police on Wednesday, Mr. Mireku Duker emphasized they used to have the military manning the large-scale concessions but had few challenges coupled with inadequate men on the ground so they (the military) retreated and there was still the demand for them to also equip the large-scale concessions.


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