Two military officers from the Tema Naval Base in Accra have been arrested by the Juaso District Police in the Asante Akim South District of the Ashanti Region for allegedly stealing properties of Hansol Mining Limited, a private mining company in Amantia.?
The two, Lance Corporal Emmanuel Odarmi Larbi and Lt. Col. Parbey, who were in uniform, were arrested at the Juaso Junction on Friday, May 3, 2013 after workers of the mining company reported to the police that the soldiers had illegally seized items belonging to the mining firm.
According to police sources, a taskforce team of the two soldiers and about 30 policemen stormed the private residence of Hansol Mining at 9:00 A.M. on two separate days, Saturday and Sunday, 4th and 5th May 2013 and seized items including an excavator worth GH?3,500.00, engine for washing, hydrochloric oils, blanket, grease oil, carpet, welding rods, mining Wellington boots, IPad, DStv decoder and satellite dish.
In the two-day operation, the taskforce also took away a bag of rice, gallons of cooking oil, and household appliances, such as cooking utensils and a DVD player.
The source added that the security personnel after seizing the items cooked some of the rice right in the compound of the mining company and ate.
A police officer of Juaso Divisional Command, Inspector Cudjoe, confirmed the arrest of the two soldiers to Today, stating that the matter has been transferred to the Ashanti Regional Police Command for a thorough investigation.
Sources close to the Hansol Mining Limited told Today that during the attack, the taskforce arrived in six different vehicles.
These include two police vehicles with registration numbers GP 3172 and GP 3196, and two military vehicles with registration numbers 44 GA 63 and 72 GA 74.
The rest were two Kia trucks with registration numbers AS 7145 and GW 869 Y.
The sources noted that the joint taskforce was led by a military officer called John Jabaru, who threatened the Hansol driver at gun point to hand over the keys to the company cars in the yard.
According to them, John Jabaru claimed he was ordered by Col. Parbey under the directive of the Ashanti Regional Security Council to seize the properties of the mining firm.
The source also revealed that the joint police/military team arrested and detained some Chinese migrants who were mainly engineers for Hansol Mining Company and later granted them bail after they had shown their work permits to the police.