Ahafo: Five Persons Injured After Clashing With Police Over Newmont Concession
Five persons have all sustained gunshot wounds at the Ntotroso in Asutifi North District of of the Ahafo Region after clashing with police. The five were part of a group of suspected illegal miners who also stormed a mining concession belonging to the Newmont in protest of the arrest of some of their colleagues, who had also been
accused of undertaking illegal mining activities at the concession. The Public Relations Officer of the Ahafo Police Command, ASP Isaac Kwame Loh also said the protesting youth stormed the premises of Newmont and then started attacking security officers at post by opening fire on them and he also indicated that several
attempts to stop the firing of their weapons too failed, compelling the police to launch a reprisal attack leading to five persons being injured. They had weapons like cutlasses and some action guns too and broke into the camp amidst firing of weapons. Police had cautioned, but they did not listen. They ignored the caution of the
Police and then started firing into the camp, so police returned fire to demobilize the mob and as a result, five 5 men got injured, ASP Loh explained. ASP Loh said the police are yet to make any arrest over the attack. The Director of Communications and External Relations for the Newmont Ghana Limited, Agbeko Azumah said no employee of Newmont had been injured.