Four people have been remanded into police detention by a Circuit Court in Dormaa-Ahenkro, in the Dormaa Central Municipality of Bono Region, to appear in court again on July 20 for indulging in small-scale mining without a permit. Nicholas Ababara, 23, Richard Adjei, 23, Daniel Yeboah, 25, Richard Antwi, 24, and Richard Yeboah, a Mason, all entered not guilty pleas.
So, in order to be granted bail, the Court required each of them to submit three references who are creditworthy and capable of upholding the bail requirements.
The complainants are members of the Dormaa Traditional Council, Police Inspector (P/Inspt.) Emmanuel Asare, the prosecutor, informed the court, which was presided over by Mr. Samuel Djanie Kotey. According to him, the first accused, Ababara, lives in Asuotiano, Yeboah is a resident of Mmomesobour, next to Asuotiano, and Antwi and Adjei, the third and fourth accused, both dwell in Asuotiano in the Dormaa East District.
According to P/Inspt. Asare, the accused individuals and a few others were actively engaged in small-scale mining without a permit on Cocoa Board land along the Asuotia river on Thursday, July 7, this year, at or around 0330 hours. The complainants were touring Asuotiano Cocoa Station at the time to learn the extent of damage caused to Cocoa Board lands. He claimed that while the other people fled, the four accused were apprehended and that they recovered three shovels and two pickaxes that were allegedly used in their illicit mining operations.
According to P/Inspt. Asare, the accused individuals were turned over to the Police for an investigation during which they each made investigative cautioned statements in which they denied the offense. In order to aid in further investigations, the prosecution requested that the court remand the defendants into police custody.