The ensuing confusion between illegal miners and workers at the Golden Star Wassa mine in Benso, western region, left one person dead and many others injured to varying degrees. , illegal miners exploited at a former company mine.
This caught the attention of company authorities, who traveled there to sack the illegal miners, leading to an alleged firefight that left one of the illegal miners dead.
According to Benso Assemblyman Frank Jackson Afful, the illegal miners took the man with the gunshot wounds to a clinic, where he died on the way.
This angered the illegal miners, who raided the mining company’s premises and destroyed the company’s assets, worth thousands of Ghanaian cedis. ,
“They burned cars, dump trucks, machines, tankers and excavators and destroyed more than ninety percent of the company’s property,” said the Assemblymember.
He noted that “Those who committed this crime within the company are not from the community, they are northerners who do not have permanent residence, do not rent accommodation, live in tents and then move from place to place, outnumbering the natives of the community.
He stated that “calm has returned to the community but the shops are closed and people don’t go to the farms because they don’t want trouble.” urged community members to be patient as they implement steps to restore common sense to the community.