Godfred Yeboah Dame, Attorney General (AG) and Minister for Justice, claims to have had more success than the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in combating illicit mining, popularly known as galamsey.
This comes after the opposition party sought the AG’s immediate resignation on Monday, October 16, following his advise to the police on former Environment Minister Prof Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng’s galamsey report.
The AG requested that the Ghana Police Service’s Criminal Investigative Department (CID) clear all individuals named in the 36-page report due to a lack of substantial evidence for prosecution.
Sammy Gyamfi, National Communication Officer of the NDC, condemned the AG’s conclusion as poor legal advice and a cover-up for severe crimes.
Mr. Dame, on the other hand, branded the opposition party’s claims as “baseless and unmeritorious” in a statement made on Wednesday, October 18.
Mr. Dame stated that his successes in galamsey prosecutions are unrivaled.
According to the AG’s office, approximately 130 instances of illicit mining involving over 800 accused people are now being tried in Ghanaian courts in the Western, Eastern, Ashanti, Greater-Accra, and Upper East regions.
The office also disclosed that between August 2021 and September 2022, 33 people, including 11 foreigners, were convicted and punished under Act 995 in the Eastern area.
Mr. Dame further chastised the NDC for failing to “arrest and prosecute even a single kingpin of the menace, including the ‘galamsey queen,’ Aisha Huang.”