Don’t attribute increased spate of robbery to galamsey – COP Kofi Boakye

COP Nathan Kofi Boakye, Director of the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIS) Bureau

The Ghana Police Service has debunked claims that its enforcement of the government’s ban on illegal small-scale mining, popularly known as galamsey, is the cause of the ascendency of robbery in the country.

The Director-General of the Police Professional Standards Bureau (PPSB), COP Nathan Kofi Boakye denied this claim on Thursday, 24th May 2018, at a media encounter in Accra.

He said, “There’s no correlation between illegal mining and robbery,” he said in response to a question.

The Akufo-Addo government imposed the ban on galamsey when it took office in 2017 as part of measures to combat illegal mining. Several mining equipment have been seized as a result of the campaign.

Some galamseyers including some Chinese, have also been arrested and either prosecuted or in the process of being prosecuted.

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