The joint military/police taskforce (Operation Vanguard), enforcing the ban on illegal mining has been reminded to continue to remain professional in the performance of its assigned task.

Colonel William Agyapong, Commander of the Taskforce, asked that the officers and men got right with the law and should avoid any disproportionate use of force.

He added that the fundamental rights of any arrested suspected miner, must be respected.

He gave the reminder, when he toured all the three forward operating bases in the Eastern, Ashanti and the Western Regions.

This was to see for himself how the troops were performing.

The visit provided the opportunity for him to receive operational briefing and to assure the soldiers and police officers that they would continue to be supplied with everything they needed to effectively carry out the job.

Col Agyapong gave high marks to the taskforce for the good job it was doing to stop the destruction of the environment – forest and river bodies.

Source: GNA/


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