Suspects detained for obstructing mine workers granted bail

Six suspects, who were detained at the Sefwi Bekwai Police Station, for obstructing operators of the Canada and Ghana Mining Company at Wassa Asenso in the Western Region, were on Thursday, granted police enquiry bail.

Yaw Gyamfi, 30, Moses Yamba, 30, Solomon Antwi, 20, Lord Antwi, 25, Issifu Inusah, 30, and Antwi Kofi, 31, are to report to the police at day’s intervals, the Police told The Ghanaian Times.

The group, police indicated, prevented workers of the company from using a bridge at Wassa Asenso to transport an excavator to another site.

In the ensuing fracas, a security man, Adamu Yakubu, 39, fired shots from a pump action gun, infuriating the community youth, who later seized the weapon.

Military reinforcement from a detachment at Diaso in the Central Region, later, restored order.

Meanwhile, the said pump action gun has been retrieved from the community.

Briefing the Ghanaian Times, the Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, reported that, at about 2pm on Wednesday, the Sefwi Bekwai police received a call that at about 11am, two military men at Wassa Asenso were escorting an excavator on a low bed belonging to the Canada and Ghana Mining company.

When the mine team reached Wassa Asenso, the youth prevented them from using a bridge in the area to another site.

ASP Adiku said that Yakubu fired three warning shots from the pump action gun thereby infuriating the youth of the community, who beat him and seized the weapon.

Reinforcement of six soldiers from Diaso went to Wassa Asenso to bring the situation under control, but the youth resisted, resulting in the firing of a warning shot, and the bullet ricocheted and hit one Yaw Nkrumah.

ASP Adiku said Nkrumah was treated and discharged from the Diaso Hospital.

She said as the stalemate continued, at about 2.45pm, Captain Issac Akyena, in charge of the military detachment   from Diaso, arrived at Wassa Asenso with six men  and arrested  the six suspects, and detained  them at  the  Sefwi Bekwai  police station.

“At about 2.45pm, Abusuapanyin Kwabena Asante  of Wassa Asenso  brought the pump action gun  and  reported  that  the youth gave the weapon  to  him  and  that the  security man, Adamu, fired indiscriminately and, therefore, took it from him.”

From Clement Adzei Boye, Sekondi

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