A cocoa purchasing clerk, Mr Justice Ezu, has accused the Operation Halt 2 team mandated to fight illegal small-scale mining activities of ransacking his room and running away with his GHS35,100 cash at Wassa Dompoase in the Amenfi East Municipality of the Western Region.
The money, he said is meant to be used to pay some cocoa merchants.
The 43-year-old man, who said he was into small-scale mining activities but quitted some months ago, also accused the task force of arresting and assaulting his 21-year-old son and taking away his mobile phone and a cash sum of GHS1,200 in addition to the GHS35,100 the team allegedly stole from his room.
The son, according to the father, was later released after intervention from the Assembly Member for the area.
Although the mobile phone, he alleged, was returned to him, he never got his money back, the father narrated.
Mr Ezu said the team again took confiscated his water pumping machines, Dorman machine kept in his room, Kia Bongo truck with registration number AS 5053-21 parked in front of his house and destroyed his excavator parked in the community.
According to him, the soldiers numbering about 30 in three vehicles, stormed the community on Sunday, 9 May 2021 to undertake the alleged illegality.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, Mr Ezu said the armed military men marched his son to his house and ransacked the place while he was away.
Mr Ezu claimed to have information that his seized Kia truck has been parked at the Accra Teshie Nungua Southern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces.
An official complaint has been lodged at the Wassa Akropong Police Command. However no arrest has been made by the police.
Mr Ezu has since pleaded with President Akufo-Addo to intervene and order the authorities to return to him his confiscated machines and the money taken from his house.
for more information contact Mr Ezu (victim) 0244629500 /0240941632
By Simon Opoku Afriyie-Otec fm / choicenewsonline.com