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North Tongu Member of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said that Former Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng appears to be in trouble for blowing the cover on persons allegedly involved in illegal small-scale mining (Galamsey).

Prof Frimpong Boateng was arrested by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).

The renowned heart surgeon was put under investigation following an invitation given to him by the Office weeks ago.

He was invited on corruption and corruption-related activities, particularly over his report on the dissolved Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).

He was also arrested for alleged involvement in the missing of some 500 excavators and the involvement of Symphony Limited, the company owned by his son, in illegal mining. He was immediately granted bail of GH¢2 million.

Commenting on the latest developments, Hon. Ablakwa in a tweet, expressed dismay about the fact that the people who were indicted in the Professor’s ‘Galamsey Report” have not been invited or under any form of investigation.

From this intercepted document, it seems it is rather the whistleblower, Prof. K. Frimpong Boateng who appears to be in trouble as the OSP investigates his IMCIM for corruption. It’s not clear what has happened to the fat cats the Prof indicted in his explosive galamsey report.

A signed 37-page report by Professor Frimpong-Boateng disclosed that some NPP bigwigs engaged the services of Chinese nationals to engage in galamsey on their behalf.

Throughout our struggle with illegalities in the small-scale mining sector, what baffled me was the total disregard of the President’s commitment to protect the environment. I can state without any equivocation that many party officials from the National to the unit committee level had their friends, PAs, agents, relatives, financiers or relatives engaged in illegal mining.

Most of them engaged Chinese working for them. I am not referring to party people who had their legitimate concession and were mining sustainably as they were instructed to do. There are appointees in the Jubilee House that are doing or supporting illegal mining or interfering with the fight against the menace.”

Among numerous allegations, the report indicated that an NPP MP in the Ashanti Region used his position as a member of the Minerals Commission to acquire several dozens of large-scale concessions in his district, ostensibly for community mining purposes.

The Report which was submitted to the President over two years ago found its way into the public domain and has since caused a lot of controversies amongst the Governing New Patriotic Party.

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Speaking with TV3’s Alfred Ocansey in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, June 7 he said he found the arrest on Tuesday, May 16 “strange”, especially given the circumstances prior to its effect.

We waited at the lobby down there [and] that was my first time in that building,” he narrated to Alfred Ocansey.

We got there around 10 o’clock, waiting for my lawyer. When he came, we were taken upstairs to the 7th Floor or so, where the office is and then we were ushered into a room. I was given a chair and opposite me was the Chief Investigator. Next to me on my right were my two lawyers and then some officers from that Office. So, as soon as I sat down,  the Chief Investigator came to me. I was sitting down [then] he put his left hand on my right shoulder and said, ‘Professor, you are under arrest

Why? He said they are investigating corruption and corruption-related activities of the IMCIM that I was chairman of. Any specific thing I had done? No, they are just doing their investigations but all the same I was under arrest. I found it very strange.” He added “They did not even suggest self-recognisance bail. I needed somebody to bail me. So a friend of mine was down there and he came up and bailed me and so I left and they went with my friend to his house.”

Asked whether he feels targeted, he answered “Of course in a way. I will be a fool not to feel that way.”

Since the report came into the public domain, the Professor has come under a lot of pressure from all manner of people including Gabby Asare Okyere Darko and Edmund Kwadwo Koda who have dragged him to court for alleged defamation.

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Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng says he is ready to deal with all the lawsuits that have been filed against him following the report on illegal small-scale mining that he authored as chair of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM). Some of the people who were captured in the report have sued him for defamation.

These people include former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute Gabby Otchere-Darko, the head of the Presidential Security detail, Captain (rtd) Edmund Kwadwo Koda and one John Ofori-Atta who were all captured in the report.

Asked whether he has seen all the suits, especially the one from Captain (rtd) Koda which came out on Wednesday, June 7, Prof Frimpong Boateng told TV3’s Alfred Ocansey on the Ghana Tonight Show on Wednesday, June 7 that “I have seen it and my lawyers are dealing with it.

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