A team of Western Region operations and intelligence police officers recovered one of the excavators reported missing in the Ellembelle District.
The police said in a social media post on Wednesday that the excavator was discovered several kilometers away in a forest within the district during their operations on Tuesday, September 6.
The Service is currently conducting an investigation to recover the other excavator and bring all those responsible to justice.
Meanwhile, Kwasi Bonzo, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ellembelle, and three others have been arrested for obstructing and assaulting the police officers who recovered the excavator.
“At the Axim Junction, while the police team was escorting the excavator to Takoradi, the DCE of Ellembelle, Mr. Kwasi Bonzo, organized and led some thugs to attack the police and obstruct the operation.”
“As a result, the DCE and three others were arrested.” “Investigation is ongoing to recover the other excavator and bring all those responsible to justice,” police said.
This comes just days after Mr. Bonzo, his personal assistant, and one other person were charged with the disappearance of two mining excavators in the district.
According to sources, the DCE made the arrest on Wednesday after learning that the police had recovered an excavator similar to the one that had been reported missing.
In the early hours of the morning, he allegedly moved in to identify the earthmoving equipment.
According to reports, the DCE was ignored when he attempted to verify the machines’ ownership.
An eyewitness who spoke to JoyNews Western Regional Correspondent Ina-Thalia Quansah said the DCE followed up in the district’s Ayisakrom.
Kwasi Bonzo is said to have confronted the security guards, resulting in a fight.
He was eventually loaded into a police vehicle and driven to the Sekondi police station.
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