A bloody attack on the residents of Dompin Pepesa in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality in the Western Region led to the severe injuries of two persons
Two people sustained gunshot wounds when armed men stormed the town and started firing guns indiscriminately.
According to an eyewitness, about 20 armed men stormed the Dompin Pepesa community, shooting at every direction their gun pointed whiles they headed towards the Chief’s Palace.
Explaining the incident to the media, an eyewitness made it known that, a resident of the community was allegedly spotted on small scale mining site belonging to these ‘macho men”
He said ” A group of people known as the Kumkums accused a man of trying to take over their mining site, the accused is believed to reside at the chief’s palace but during the whole incident, the chief had travel for a funeral.
“After the men had spotted the accused, they began to pursue him whiles he ran towards the chief’s palace,
The heavily armed men were shooting indiscriminately and one of the residents was hit in the chest by a bullet.
The victim was rushed to the government hospital in Tarkwa and he is receiving treatment, whiles the accused also suffered a fractured skull after the armed men stroke his head with a stick.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor recently met the National House of Chiefs and appealed to them to help the government to eliminate galamseyers from the system.
He said given that traditional rulers were custodians of lands within their jurisdiction, their role in curbing the galamsey menace would be crucial.
“Illegal mining activities continue to degrade many farmlands, destroy our forest reserves and water bodies. We need your support, cooperation and partnership to efficiently manage the natural resources of our country,” he said