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Operation Vanguard’s activities also need to be looked into by OSP, says ASEPA

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Alliance for Social Equity and Public Administration (ASEPA), a civil society organisation, has asked the Office of the Special Prosecutor to look into Operation Vanguard’s actions and Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng’s report on illicit mining (galamsey).

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), which President Akufo-Addo established, recently released an explosive report that was put together by former Environment Minister Prof. Frimpong Boateng.

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Prof. Boateng listed prominent government figures in the report to the president from 2021 that claimed them of actively participating in illicit mining, or “galamsey” as it is known locally.

Kissi Agyebeng, the special prosecutor, has declared that he is looking into the report that has already been handed to Madam Frema Osei Opare, the chief of staff of Ghana.

Mensah Thompson, the executive director of ASEPA, wants the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to look into the subject seriously as Ghanaians start to show interest in Prof. Frimpong-Boateng’s report.

Speaking on Power Midday News on Power 97.9 FM, Thompson said that Operation Vanguard—a police-military coalition tasked with combating illegal mining—had been compromised while operating in the nation.

He admitted that when the group was sent to stop illicit mining, there were complaints made against it to Piesie Okrah on Power FM.

Instead of looking into Professor Frimpong-Boateng’s findings, Thompson said, “We want the Special Prosecutor to look into all matters related to galamsey, including Operation Vanguard.”

He is confident that if the IMCIM and Operation Vanguard’s activities are looked into, the flaws in the campaign against galamsey will be revealed.

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