The Ghana Armed Forces has said it has “severely sanctioned” five soldiers for their involvement in illegal mining operations in the Wassa Akropong general area on 30 May 2018.
The soldiers are: 197533 Cpl Mensah S, 199442 Cpl Nkuah P, 199499 Cpl Owoo SB, 203225 L/Cpl Boateng SY and 203538 L/Cpl Obeng S.
They were tried by a Disciplinary Board in accordance with Ghana Armed Forces Rules and Regulations.
With the exception of Cpl Mensah S, who was sentenced to 60 days in detention and a reduction in rank from Corporal to Private, the remaining four were all sentenced to 90 days in detention with consequential penalties, including release from the Ghana Armed Forces for services no longer required, after serving their sentences.
Meanwhile, the Military High Command has assured the general public that “under no circumstance will it condone any unprofessional conduct by any member of the Ghana Armed Forces”.
It said the zeal with which “OP VANGUARD is being prosecuted will be maintained and will not in any way be affected by this isolated incident”.