According to Citi News, 33 people have been detained for last week’s vandalism of Golden Star Wassa Mine properties in Benso in the Western Region.
Twelve vehicles, including excavators, ambulances, and pick-up trucks, are said to have been set on fire by the illegal miners, among other things, prompting the company’s employees to flee for their lives.
Gerard Hillary Osei Boakye, the company’s head of group corporate affairs, previously described the assault to Citi News. “We usually do our patrols to protect our concession which is required of us by law to be responsible for our boundaries and also prevent incursions, to make sure that community people, hunters, and farms are safe. On one such occasion which was Thursday, March 16, we encountered some illegal miners encroaching, we engaged them as part of our modus operandi and told them to move away”.
“They were interested in that area, so they came back and when they came back, we tried to ward them off with the help of the police. They dispersed again and apparently unconfirmed report reaching us is that they may have been injured in the cause of being dispersed. That probably infuriated them, and they came back to torch our vehicles and ran our security post down, destroyed our offices, basically burnt things down,” he explained.