Ace undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has released his latest work, targeting the mining sector of Ghana. In the exposé, Anas and his TigerEye PI team revealed among other things the deep – rooted corruption by officials of the Inter – Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) and how their actions are hampering government’s fight against illegal mining, commonly known as “Galamsey” in the country.
Names of some of the IMCIM mentioned in the investigative piece, expressing their willingness and aiding illegal miners to carry operations and also provide protection and also give tip – offs for them to carry their activities without being caught, include, Kobby – IMCIM Task Force personnel, “School boy” – a police officer in charge of the National Security, Charles Cromwell Nanabanyin Onuawonto Bissiw, a Presidential Staffer and Secretary to the IMCIM, and other names.
The officials took different sums of money to help circumvent the law and commit various offences in order to allow people engage in illegal mining activities, the same purpose they have tasked to fight against.
Beyond the exposé, Anas and his TigerEye PI team are set to present a petition to the office of the Special Prosecutor investigate the suspects who were caught taking bribes to facilitate illegal mining despite the government clamp down on the act.
“The team will Send a petition to the office of the Special Prosecutor, which I believe is ready, and the team is ready to deliver to the office of the special prosecutor who has the mandate to investigate such things.
“The petition says some people have been exposed in bribery and corruption and thwarting the state’ effort at fighting illegal mining,” one of the lawyers for TigerEye PI, Sammy Darko told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Thursday.
Meanwhile, government has made known its commitment to continue with the fight against illegal mining. Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said the work of the IMCIM will continue until further direction comes from above.
Commenting on the video which has been aired on various TV and Radio stations and gone viral on various social media pages, the Minister noted, government will examine the raw footage of the investigative piece by Anas Aremeyaw Anas which captured some officials of the committee taking bribes to compromise their roles in the fight.
Stressing that, government welcomes help from any Ghanaian in the galamsey fight, Oppong Nkrumah said, “Government welcomes any support that is aimed at helping us win this fight because we are committed to this fight. We are happy to receive whatever help anybody has. We are a nation of men of different backgrounds who work in pursuant of the state agenda.
“We will not give timelines, the point we want to make clearly is that there is a documentary out there, there are some raw footage that serves as the basis to it. It’s of interest to the state and we will examine it. Work proceeds until we are told otherwise by our principals. So the work proceeds, if in the process of the fight there is information out there that somebody has compromised the fight, it is important to have access to it and to examine and then to take necessary actions,” he told Journalists Thursday morning.
The Inter – Ministerial taskforce is a special task force comprising police and military personnel formed in 2017 and tasked to clamp down on illegal small scale miners.