The Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee against illegal mining, Charles Bissue has said although he didn’t engage in any corrupt activity in the latest expose by Investigative Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, he has stepped aside pending further investigations.
In a statement issued on Friday evening, Mr Bissue said, “I have informed the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Chairperson of the IMCIM, of my decision to step aside from my position as Secretary to the Committee, pending an investigation into the allegations,”.
According to him, he is innocent of allegations of bribery leveled against him in the documentary.
“I have taken notice of the contents of the latest documentary by Tiger Eye P.I., titled ‘Galamsey Fraud.’ I would like to state, at the very outset, that I am innocent of the allegations levelled against me in the documentary, as I was not and have not been engaged in any acts of corruption, criminality or misconduct,”he added in the statement.
Undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in a 14-day investigation into the activities of the Committee had Bissue compromising his integrity having accepted cash to facilitate the issuance of license among others.
Other security officers were also caught on tape receiving bribes to allow illegal miners to operate contrary to their core mandate to stop galamsey.