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Kotokuhene urges Chinese mining company to drop case against detained youth to ease tension

Kotokuhene urges Chinese mining company to drop case against detained youth to ease tension

Drama unfolded at the Kotoku Palace in Akim Oda on Wednesday when Chief of Akokoaso in the Ofoase Ayirebi constituency in Eastern Region, Nana Asare Bediako III, accompanied by hundreds of residents, presented a case against Jia Xin Industrial Mining Company Limited, alleging mistreatment of locals.

Wang Yandong, representing Jia Xin Industrial Mining Limited, remained evasive during questioning and called for peace.

Jia Xin Industrial Mining Company Limited took over the prospecting license from Ofosua Mining and Construction Company, approved by then Minister John Peter Amewu in 2018.

The company has since been accused by the community of illegal underground mining, blasting of old shafts causing damage to buildings and encroaching farmlands.

This has led to multiple confrontations between the community and the company.

The 15 youths were arrested a few weeks ago by the Akyem Oda Divisional Police at the behest of Jia Xin for alleged illegal mining on their concession

Subsequently on February 10, 2024, gunmen numbering 15 stormed the site of the company and shot some of the Chinese expatriates and absconded with huge monies and gold bars.

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