Newmont Ghana urges calm after aggrieved residents clashed with police at New Abirem

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Newmont Ghana says it is committed to transparent engagements with local communities to improve lives and collaboratively identifying solutions to mitigate impacts from its operations.

The Company has also called on the section of community farmers seeking new and additional land and crop compensation, among other issues, to allow the legal process to run its course following earlier mediation efforts.

It follows Tuesday’s violent clash between angry residents the police who had been deployed to ensure security and public order while protecting lives and property. The company said the security personnel were deployed it received reports that the angry residents were intimidation and threatening its staff.

Some individuals sustained injuries following the clash with the police personnel and are being treated. The Company in a statement, is calling on all sides to exercise restraint and good judgement to avoid confrontations.

“Newmont’s sustainability approach involves building and maintaining respectful relationships with our host communities. This means a strong commitment to direct, good-faith dialogue, while ensuring compliance with all relevant national laws, regulations, and international best practices,” said Joep Coenen, General Manager – Akyem Mine.

“As a responsible company, we have consistently met our legal obligations to our stakeholders since we began operations at Akyem and we will continue to do so,” said Mr. Coenen.

“As this case is currently before the courts, we urge any protesters to let the case run its course through the judicial system.”

In July, the community group embarked on a similar demonstration against Newmont Ghana to express dissatisfaction with the ongoing legal process concerning their demands for land and crop compensation and employment, as well as allegations of building cracks from mine pit blasting.

Prior to this, the Company had been in mediation with the farmers led by an independent arbitrator. The parties continued to engage on the matter through the mediation process until the case was referred back to court. Newmont Ghana will continue to focus on engaging with stakeholders to address their needs and concerns, fairly, respectfully and responsibly.

“We will continue transparent and respectful engagement with our stakeholders, including the farmers, Stool Land Owners and District Security Committee (DISEC) as we work towards resolving this issue amicably,” concluded Mr. Coenen.

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Police caution public against accommodation fraudsters

The Greater Accra Regional Police is cautioning the public against suspicious accommodation fraudsters in the estate industry.

They have, thus, advised prospective tenants to do due diligence and conduct thorough checks on interested apartments before committing themselves financially.

They also want prospective tenants to further demand for photographs and other national identification documents during payments to aid the Police investigation such frauds when they occur.

In a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Greater Accra Region, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Effia Tenge, and released on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, the men and women in black uniform said the influx and continuous activities of some accommodation rental fraudsters in the system is worrying, urging the public to be extra careful against such schemes.

“This type of fraud usually targets prospective tenants, mostly those in desperate need of accommodation; and it is usually perpetrated by two or more suspects, one of whom poses as the landlord and the other accomplice (s) as estate agent(s). The supposed landlord is always met in the said apartment upon several visits by the prospective tenant and the agent. After a successful agreement is reached between the two parties and payments, the syndicate absconds, leaving the tenant in limbo”, she explained.

The Police worried about this phenomenon, says anyone with information on suspicious accommodation fraudsters should kindly report to the nearest Police Station.

 

Alert! Police warns against rental fraudsters

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The Greater Accra regional command of the Ghana Police Service wants persons searching for apartments to be more vigilant in dealing with agents.

This is due to multiple reports of some unscrupulous persons that have succeeded several times in defrauding apartment seekers.

According to the police, these fraudsters pose as accommodation agents while their partners pose as the landlords.

“After a successful agreement is reached between the two parties, and payments made, the syndicate absconds leaving the tenant in limbo,” the statement said.

The police advises prospective tenants to conduct thorough checks on apartments before committing themselves financially.

Photo IDs and other forms of identification should be demanded from the parties being dealt with, the statement said.

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E/R: Five demonstrators shot at Abirem

Five persons have sustained gun shot wounds at Abirem in the Birim North District of the Eastern region after the Police fired at demonstrators who were protesting against mining giant, Newmont Ghana.

Mr Ofosu Ntiamoah Denkyire Head of the Communities affected told Kasapa FM that the incensed residents were protesting over some lands they claim have been illegally possessed by the mining company without the mining giant compensating them.

Some of the severely injured persons have been transferred to the Koforidua Hospital while the rest have been rushed to nearby clinics.

The Police has not been available to speak on the incident.

 

Photos: Military to continue collaboration with police to provide security

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Commander Rear of 1st Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Army at Michel Camp, Major Daniel Ampadu has stated that the military will continue to collaborate with police to provide security.

He said through Operation Calm Life, security agencies including police and the military will ensure that the spate of crime is reduced.

Operation Calm Life came into being some months ago to augment already existing security measures.

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Major Ampadu made this known in an interview with Adom News after an endurance walk done at least thrice a year to show force and readiness.

“We are ready and willing to protect residents in communities in which we operate from any form of aggression”, he said.

The over 3-hour exercise started at their base at Michel Camp, then through some streets within Ashaiman and Tema.

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Apart from the physical and mental benefits of the exercise, it also afforded some soldiers posted to Michel Camp to know their boundaries.

Major Daniel Ampadu maintains that Operation Calm Life has been successful.

“Per feedback we get from the public, I believe it has been successful”, he stated.

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Meanwhile, Major Daniel Ampadu believes endurance walk such as this brings the soldiers together and build confidence in the public.

“Our exercises and presence in the community go a long way to build confidence in the public. It is important for them to know that they are safe in their day-to-day activities”, he reiterated.

 

 

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Police avert chieftaincy clashes in Somanya

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Police in the Eastern Region has moved in to calm tensions in Somanya following chieftaincy clashes there.

The clashes erupted during the launch of the Kloyosikplemi festival.

At least five soldiers and ten civilians were arrested in separate incidents at Ogome and Somanya but Regional police operations commander, DSP Otumi Kartey told Joy News correspondent, Kofi Siaw security has been beefed up to avert any further clashes.

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“Already one faction has launched the festival and we are told the Queen mother wants to launch. The intelligence gathered was that the other faction was preparing to attack.

“We are on the ground,” to provide security he added.

Kofi Siaw reported the Yilo Krobo and Somanya area have been a harbinger of violence over chieftaincy crisis.

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According to him, the area has known no peace following the death of the acting president of the traditional council Nene Tumo Odokor I.

An infuriated spokesperson for one of the factions King George is blaming the recent violence on the MCE accusing him of supporting the other faction.

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Tafo MP Invites Police – Daily Guide Africa

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Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei

THE MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for Tafo Pankrono, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, is brimming with rage over the near-attack on his life.

He has consequently asked the police to thoroughly investigate and arrest all the thugs that attempted to attack him on Sunday.

According to him, Ghana is governed by laws, therefore nobody or group can take the laws into their hands by attacking innocent people.

The Tafo MP said he is confident that his alleged attackers would be identified and arrested to face the laws of the state.

“We are expecting the police to investigate and also apprehend all the culprits who took part in the violent action last Sunday. This country is governed by law; it is not a jungle therefore such weird acts of attacking people at will should not be tolerated,” J.K. Owusu Boakye, an aide to the MP, stated during an interview with Nhyira FM in Kumasi on Monday morning.

Members of the Delta Force, a vigilante group in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are alleged to have attempted to attack Dr. Akoto Osei.

The group accused Dr. Akoto Osei of not keeping his promise of finding jobs for them after serving the NPP to win the 2016 election.

But in a sharp reaction, Owusu Boakye aka ‘General Abito’ stated that it is never true that his boss promised to find jobs for the group.

He asserted that Dr. Akoto Osei had done no wrong to warrant an attack on his life, insisting that the culprits should be apprehended.

According to him, the Tafo Pankrono MP is a perfect gentleman, who has faithfully served his constituents well over the years.

General Abito also suspected that some hidden faces may be behind the near-attack on the life of his boss, stressing that the police should investigate the case.

He disclosed that the MP had helped in promoting education and securing jobs for people so the attack on his life is unfortunate.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

 

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Accra Reg Police Commander Personnel Farewell

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DCOP George Alex Mensah

Personnel of the Accra Regional Police Command has organised a colourful send-off party in honour of the outgoing Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) George Alex Mensah.

DCOP Mensah has been sent to headquarters to take up the position of Director General of Operations.

Addressing personnel during his send-off party, DCOP Mensah thanked all officers under the command for the massive support they gave him during his tenure as regional commander.

He said their support contributed immensely to the success he chalked up as the regional police commander.

“I am grateful to everybody for working with me and for the support. It has been a successful journey and I must confess that your support contributed immensely to the successes we chalked up and I promise we shall continue to work together,” he said.

He stated that crime reduced during his tenure because of the hard work of the divisional and district commanders and urged them to support the incoming regional commander, DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong.

Prior to his appointment, DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong was the Director General of the Legal and Prosecution Unit of the National Police Headquarters.

Some officers took turns to commend DCOP Mensah for the good leadership he exhibited, and the encouragement he gave them during the emergence of violent crimes, especially when news went viral on social media concerning the misconduct of some policemen.

In an address, the Amasaman Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Francis Yiribaare  praised DCOP Mensah for the  efforts he put in place to curb the activities of land guards at Amasaman and its environs.

“We have been able to bring down land guard issues in the area. The regional commander ensured that all land-related issues were handled with urgency and the cases which needed prosecution were dealt with. Those who felt untouchable and those who could not stand the pressure have fled from the area,” he said.

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By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey

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Photos: Police Chief visits neglected officer, promises good times

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Commissioner of Police at the Ghana Police Service, in charge of welfare, COP George Akuffo Dampare on Tuesday visited the police officer, Sergeant Jonathan A. Otto who became incapacitated through an accident he sustained on duty.

Son of Mr Otoo, Emmanuel Otoo who disclosed this to Adomonline.com said COP George Dampare promised to inform the IGP about the matter and make sure his father receives medical care as well as all entitlements.

“When Dr Dampare visited us, he promised to tell the IGP about everything and also make sure my dad goes back to the hospital for further treatment. He also promised us his entitlement as well since my dad is now on retirement,” he said.

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COP George Akuffo Dampare also donated an undisclosed amount of money to the distressed police officer.

He was accompanied by ACP/Rev. Twum Baah and staff Officer Welfare.

“We are grateful to COP/Dr. Akuffo Dampare and the police service. We were relieved when we all saw him and even more relieved about the assurance he gave us. We are seriously confident in him because we have really suffered,” he said.

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Background

Sergeant Otto served in the Ghana Police Service for the 25 years but was been declared as a deserter by the service after he was knocked down by a vehicle in the line of duty.

He narrated his ordeal on Adom FMs award-winning morning show, Dwaso Nsem.

According to him, the service has placed an embargo on his salary for 8 years and has also refused him other benefits due him for the past years; a situation he said has left him devastated.

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“I was on an operation duty at Sankara Circle [somewhere in 2015] some years back when I was knocked down by a car and was rushed to the hospital. It affected my leg so I had to undergo surgery at the police hospital where I was on admission for one month,” he narrated.

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Amansie Police Free 6 Galamseyers  

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Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng

The Excavator Tracking Taskforce of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining on Saturday arrested a Chinese and six Ghanaians in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region for engaging in illegal mining.

The suspects were handed over to the Amansie West Police, but the six Ghanaians surprisingly escaped from police custody.

The taskforce said the Chinese would be handed over to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) for the necessary action to be taken.

Some of the items seized from the suspects included five pump action guns, ammunition, CCTV monitors, a recorder and sand containing gold ore.

Meniru Ahmed, a member of the Excavator Tracking Taskforce, told journalists during a media briefing in Accra on Sunday that the taskforce arrested the illegal miners upon a tip-off.

He said the suspects were engaging in illegal mining under the pretext of reclaiming some mined out areas in the Amansie West District.

He said after the arrest, the taskforce handed the suspects to the police in order to follow up on leads to an illegal mining site.

However, Mr Ahmed said upon return to the police station, they did not meet any of the police personnel and realized that six Ghanaians had escaped from the cells.

Mr Meniru said that while they were at the mining site some police personnel came there to arrest them on the request of one of the illegal miners.

He, therefore, appealed to the government to assist the taskforce in its efforts to halt illegal mining, otherwise known as “galamsey.”

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, said the committee was making progress in the fight against illegal mining.

He said it would not be discouraged by some miscreants who were still engaged in illegal mining secretly despite the ban.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng, who is also the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, called for collaborative efforts from all Ghanaians to tackle the menace, saying that government was training artisanal small-scale miners to engage in sustainable mining.

He said the committee would launch investigation into the escape of the six Ghanaians and those found culpable would be dealt with accordingly.

GNA

 

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