Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the former minister of environment, science, technology, and innovation, has been ordered by the deputy attorney general, Alfred Tuah-Yeboah, to provide hard proof supporting his claims that NPP members engaged in illegal mining.
High-ranking NPP members were accused of hiring Chinese nationals to engage in illegal mining activities on their behalf in Professor Frimpong-Boateng‘s report on galamsey.
The Ghana Police Service’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has been informed by the Attorney General that the former chairman has not provided sufficient evidence to back up his report for the prosecution of the accused.
However, according to Professor Frimpong-Boateng, the damage that the alleged offenders did to the water bodies will eventually be discovered.
However, in response, the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, stated that the author had not presented sufficient evidence to support prosecution.
In the meantime, Alfred Tuah-Yeboah said in a Citi News interview that the office is willing to accept the required proof.
“Advice has been offered, an opinion has been offered. Anyone who thinks that he has evidence that will also support us to review our opinion, why not? But we will not in any way take a matter to court, where we will be seriously bruised and embarrassed. As prosecutors, you go to court with hard evidence, not with speculations.”
“So you can say Mr. A has stolen. That is the allegation. What has he stolen? Then you come with evidence. Mr. A is engaged in galamsey. That is the allegation. What is the evidence?”
“It’s possible that you may go to a forest and realise that people have engaged in illegal mining, but you may mention my name as the one who did it.”
“That is not enough. You should be able to get evidence to show that yes I was there, and I was the one who engaged people to do that. We do this work based on evidence, not conjectures,” Alfred Tuah-Yeboah said.