Reports that certain troops are stationed in forest reserves to serve as security for mining companies have been refuted by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
The Armed Forces were responding to claims made by Nana Kusi Frempong Kotobre, the Mentiahene of Bekwai, that military soldiers guard mining companies.
The charges are untrue, according to a statement from GAF.
“GAF wishes to emphasize unequivocally that no military forces have been sent in for such activities, and no soldier is guarding any mining operation in any forest reserve throughout the nation.
Mentiahene of Bekwai, Nana Kusi Frempong Kotobre, claims that military soldiers are providing protection for an illegal mining enterprise operating in the Kobro Forest in Amansie Central in a video that recycles some old, unsupported claims that have already gone viral, according to a statement from GAF.
The statement claims that several individuals working for a private security company and posing as military personnel have been taken up. They were clad in US military-pattern clothes.
The statement further stated that “Elvis and Co Mining Ltd,” a licensed small-scale mining operation, had hired the individuals.
It is important to note that while wearing camouflage-patterned uniforms, these private security officers are not GAF employees.
GAF said that a number of impersonators had recently been detained and given to the Police for prosecution.
The military emphasized that Operation Halt II has been stepped up in order to support the fight against unlawful mining.
In order to increase its surgical operations to stop the loss of forest reserves and contamination of river bodies, GAF has therefore revised Operation Halt II.