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Illegal Sand Miners Probe tipper trucks burnt in Kumbungu - NDC demands

The party described the incident of burning the trucks as unfortunate and called for an independent investigation into the matter.

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The Northern Regional Executive Council of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on the regional security council to investigate some 14 tipper trucks and an excavator burnt following a crackdown on illegal sand miners along the White River at Nawuni near Kumbungu.

The party described the incident as unfortunate and called for an independent investigation into the matter.

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Regional Secretary of the party, Mr Halid Abdul-Rauf, at a press conference described the incident as unacceptable and bizarre, claiming that their painstaking investigation into the matter revealed that the burning of the tipper trucks and the excavator occurred at a distance of about two kilometres away from the installation of the Ghana Water Company, a location which according to the tipper truck drivers was designated by the REGSEC somewhere in December last year on a fact-finding mission.

"Be as it may, inasmuch as the Northern Regional Executive Committee will not condone any form of lawlessness, the lawlessness in which the livelihood of the owners of the tipper trucks, the drivers, the drivers’ assistants and their dependents is destroyed without recourse to the rule of law has come as a matter of serious concern to us as major political players in the region which happens to be one of the poverty-stricken regions," he stated.

Tipper trucks burnt

Armed infantries of the Sixth Battalion deployed from their military base in Kamina Barracks in Tamale, Saturday, March 3, carried out a combative operation to intensify a crackdown on illegal sand winning activities in the area.

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According to reports, dozens of heavy sand mining machines including about 14 tipper trucks and an excavator were burnt by the soldiers who stormed the area by trucks.

Some residents and miners who saw the soldiers advancing towards the mining site said they counted about three military trucks loaded with heavily armed soldiers.

The unregulated operation by the miners have polluted the water source, caused deep environmental damages, pushed farmers away from farmlands and forced fishmongers to hang their nets.

Despite several efforts by the Regional Security Council, the activity persisted until management of the Ghana Water Company engaged national security personnel to combat the activity.

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Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has denied sanctioning the burning of at least 14 tipper trucks and an excavator at Nawuni.

NDC call for investigations

The party, however, called on the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Saeed, who doubles as Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), to resign for exercising wrong judgement and indiscretion over the matter.

"The regional minister’s only justification for what he has done is to tell Ghanaians that the drivers of the burnt tipper trucks refused to heed warnings of REGSEC; but what about the innocent owners who at the time of this act did not even know where their trucks were, only to be splashed with this sad news that the only investment of theirs that they took facilities from the banks with killer interests had been burnt down?" he queried.

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