In galamsey complicity deals
Captain Avorxe pockets GH¢45,000 bi-weekly, Cop alleges
It is emerging that the reason behind the inability of the government to stamp its authority in killing the galamsey scourge is blamable on a culture of organized complicity in which some of the security personnel who are supervising Operation Vanguard are embroiled in.
Operation Vanguard was set up by the government as a lawful task force with a budget and a modus operandi to stamp galamsey and institute a framework for a legalized mining turf in which miners’ activities will be regulated and formalized.
The framework is aimed at generating lawful employment and reducing the degradation of water bodies and forest reserves.
Several months on, it is established the scourge pervades, compelling civil society to question the activities of the Operation Vanguard.
In a petition dated January 23, 2020, filed by 34093 D/Sgt David Dzokoto copied to the Commanding Officer of Operation Vanguard, Obuasi and the Chairman, Inter-Ministerial Committee of Illegal Mining, Jubilee House, the cop, in a litany of embarrassing accusations, fingers Captain Avorxe as the ringleader in the subversive act.
According to the cop, since the arrival of the Task Force at the central FOB, Ayanfuri on 30th December, 2019 at 21:00 hours, ‘’our leadership being headed by Captain Avorxe, has been detailing the men, mostly police to a guard duty at Perseurs Mining Company, a private entity situated at Ayanfuri. My investigations revealed that the company pays an amount of forty five thousand Ghana cedis every two weeks to the command without the knowledge of the personnel performing such duty and such amount has never been accounted for the government of Ghana. Further investigations revealed that, such money is only pocketed by the commander and his cronies’’.
The leadership, additionally, put dampers in the way of disciplinary action within the mandate of the Task Force any time arrests were made.
The ritual then became intimidating the suspects and extorting monies from them.
Find below the full petition
PETITION AGAINST AN ILLEGAL DUTY BEEN PERFORMED BY MEN ON VANGUARD DUTY 15 BUT NOT VANGUARD OPERATIONAL DUTIES
Sir, I am humbly petitioning your office about an illegal duty that we the men who were deployed by the government of Ghana to stop the illegal mining activities within part of the country.
Since our arrival at the central FOB, Ayanfuri on 30th December, 2019 at 21:00 hours, our leadership been headed by Captain Avorxe, has been detailing the men, mostly police to a guard duty at Perseurs Mining Company, a private entity situated at Ayanfuri. My investigations revealed that the company pays an amount of forty five thousand Ghana cedis every two weeks to the command without the knowledge of the personnel performing such duty and such amount has never been accounted for the government of Ghana. Further investigations revealed that, such money is only pocketed by the commander and his cronies.
Sir, since the duties started from day one, including patrol duties, it has been established that some parts of the central region has been allocated to the commander and some of the senior military officers as a concessions which they don’t allow an arrest to be effected there. Whenever men goes there to perform legally sanctioned duty by the government, the military officers in charge of such term always obstruct men on duty that “O.C instructed that we should not arrest them”. Meaning that such places are for him or he has collected money from the illegal miners. And this has been happening since vanguard fifteen started at the central FOB.
Just behind the camp that houses the men at central FOB, there has been sounds of machines suspected to be that of chanfans-a machine used by illegal miners for mining, so been an investigator, I went to find out and to my outer dismay, I met over hundred people with twenty five chanfans working in an illegal mining pit and when I confronted them, one FiFi who claimed to be their leader informed me that they have been paying an amount of five hundred Ghana cedis per machine, totaling twelve thousand and five five hundred cedis weekly to the commander. I informed my senior officers about it and as at now, the illegal mining is ongoing there, just in the nose of the vanguard personnel been headed by Captain Avorxe who instructed earlier that no personnel should affect any arrest without his instruction, hence the continuation of the illegality as the command has been collecting money from the illegal miners.
Sir, some of us are not comfortable with such happenings as it is tantamount to financial loss to the state and abetment of crime to wit illegal mining so I want to draw this to your attention.
The Officer Commanding
Chairman: Inter Ministerial Committee On Illegal Mining