11 remanded for allegedly possessing explosives

The Tarkwa District Court A, has remanded 11 suspects in prison custody for alleged possession of explosives.

The suspects are Xia Shui Hong, Chen Kai Jun, Miao Hai Jiang, Chen Ju Rong, Zhon Yi Fang, Li Hai Long, Chen Wen Yong, Xu Ying Jie, Feng Shu Fang, Samuel Okafor and SenuKossi.

They would be charged for conspiracy, possession of explosives unlawfully and undertaking small-scale mining without license.

Their pleas were not taken, and the presiding Judge, Mr Charles Owusu Ansah, adjourned the case to Thursday May 4, 2023.

The military task force from Takoradi Army Command on patrol duties spotted and arrested the suspects at a mining site, located within Efuanta in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality.

The taskforce found a solid substance suspected to be ammonium nitrate and explosives at the site being operated by Mohammed Brothers Company Limited.

According to investigations carried out by the Minerals Commission, the suspects did not have permit to possess any explosive or ammonium nitrate for mining.

The Commission also found out that the company had no mining license to undertake mining.

The suspects were taken to the Ministry of National Security in Accra for further investigations. -GNA

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