The Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council has declared war against Summertide sand winning Company for engaging in illegal sand winning.
A press conference addressed by the State Secretary D.M. Ofori Atta at Kyebi on recent violence and arrest of some Akyem Abuakwa chiefs who stormed the mining site, the traditional council reiterates that the CEO of Summertide sand winning Company Atsu Forson and his cohorts do not have documents to engage in sand winning at Adeiso or any other place in Okyeman.
According to Okyeman, the CEO of the company failed to show any valid document when summoned before nananom and officials of the Minerals Commission.
“Okyeman, therefore, cannot sit and watch him destroy our lands, therefore, he Atsu Forson is not wanted anywhere in Okyeman. Especially as he is being accused by the villagers of so many wrongdoings in their village”
Okyeman stated categorically that, the fight against illegal sand winning and mining will continue unabated by the task force will ensure that Okyeman gets rid of all these illegal miners and sand winners.
Five persons including two chiefs from Akyem Abuakwa are before the court for attacking the sand winning Company with guns leading to injuries of two workers.
The Koforidua Circuit Court admitted the five (5) accused persons including a chief who claims to be a National Security Operative to bail in the sum of 200,000 cedis with 2 sureties.
The accused persons are Nana Barfuor Sarpong, Nana Barima Twum Tarbiade II, both sub-chiefs in Akyem Abuakwa.
The rest are Jonathan Martey, Eric Yaw Obeng, Victor Ahenkora Koranteng, and others at large.
They were arraigned before the court on Friday, June 19, 2021, on seven charges which are; conspiracy to commit a crime with kidnapping, Kidnapping, causing unlawful harm, stealing, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, possession of firearm and ammunition
The case has been adjourned to 19th July 2021.