Four people have petitioned the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to launch investigations into galamsey allegations made against Akonta Mining Limited, which is owned by Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, also known as Wontumi, the Ashanti regional chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The Minerals and Mining (Amendment Act) Act, 2019, as amended by the petition, dated October 13, 2022, and jointly signed by Mr. Ken Ashigbey, Mr. Martin Kpebu, Mr. Kwame Asiedu, and Mr. Edem Senanu, urged CID chief DCOP Faustina Andoh Kwofie to prosecute Akonta Mining officials and others for engaging in illegal mining in the Tano Nimiri Forest reserve in violation of the Minerals (Act 995).
“We wish to petition you on the above subject matter of illegal mining (galamsey) which has caused a loss of parts of Ghana’s forest cover, polluted our water bodies, and poses other threats to us and other Ghanaians,” the petition proclaimed.
The petitioners stated that a review of a documentary (annexure 1) enclosed by Multimedia (Joy FM) and journalist Erastus Asare Donkor demonstrates that the aforementioned company and Chairman Wontumi engaged in illegal mining/mining operations in the Tano Nimiri forest reserve in or around the months of August and September 2022.
In fact, the exact same person engaged in prospecting in the same forest without the necessary authorization.
According to the petition, a search of the corporate registry found that Mr. Bernard Boasiako is a director and shareholder of Akonta Mining Limited.
One Kwame Antwi is his co-director and co-shareholder.