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    Recall of Parliamentarians, arrest of illegal dominate headlines of Ghanaian press

    APA-Accra (Ghana)

    The state-owned newspaper, the Daily Graphic focused on the recall of legislators to discuss alleged sale of seats to expatriates and the arrest of 42 illegal miners.

    The newspaper reported that the Parliament has been recalled to attend an emergency sitting on Friday to consider a motion for a parliamentary probe into the purported sale of seats at an event for participants to sit close to President Nana Akufo Addo.

    According to the newspaper, the recall of the legislators is in response to a memo filed by the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mubarak Muntaka, and the legislator for North Tongu, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

    There was an allegation that the Ministry of Trade and Industry was involved in the collection of between US$15,000 and US$100,000 from expatriate businessmen to secure some of the seats at President Nana Akufo Addo’s table at an award ceremony held on December,2017  in Accra.

    The newspaper further reported that 42 suspected illegal miners were arrested on the River Offin in Ashanti Region.

    According to the newspaper, the suspects were arrest through the combined action of the police, Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners and some personnel of the Amansie District Assembly.

    The government has waged war against illegal mining to restore the degraded environment, but the illegal miners have also adopted several ways to outwit the police and the Operation Vanguard Taskforce.


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