Four soldiers with the Operation Vanguard Taskforce have been sentenced to 90 days detention by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for engaging in illegal mining
Corporal (Cpl) P. Nkuah (199499); Cpl S.B Owoo (203225); L/Cpl S.Y Boateng (203538) and L/Cpl S. Obeng (197533) would face consequential penalties, including release from GAF, for services no longer required, after serving their sentences.
Another soldier, Cpl S. Mensah, (199442) who committed the same offence has been sentenced to 60 days detention and a reduction in rank from Corporal to Private.
They were tried and sanctioned by a Disciplinary Board in accordance with GAF Rules and Regulations after they were arrested for engaging in the illegal activities in the Wassa Akropong area on May 30, 2018.
A statement issued by Colonel E. Aggrey-Quashie, the Director, Public Relations of GAF and copied the Ghanaian Times said the Military High Command would not condone any unprofessional conduct by personnel.
It is recalled that the soldiers while on duty with Operation Vanguard, a taskforce set up by government to combat illegal small-scale mining in 2017, allegedly attempted to extort money from some illegal miners in Wassa Akropong.
They were suspended from their duties with Operation Vanguard and placed under close arrest at the 2nd Battalion of Infantry in Takoradi after which the Disciplinary Committee tried them.
“The Military High Command wishes to once again assure the general public that under no circumstance will it condone any unprofessional conduct by any member of the Ghana Armed Forces,” the statement said.
It said the act of indiscretion by the soldiers would not affect the operation, adding, “The zeal with which Operation Vanguard is being prosecuted will be maintained and will not in any way be affected by this isolated incident.”
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