THE HEAVY mining equipment belonging to Exton Cubic Company Limited, owned by Ibrahim Mahama, which were impounded at Nyinahin, in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti Region, under the instruction of Ashanti regional minister, Mr Simon Osei Mensah, will finally be released to the company this week, a source at the Attorney Generals Department has disclosed.
The move has become necessary because the government is said to have accepted that it had no case against Engineers and Planners (E & P), hence had no right to seize their equipment.
The DAILY HERITAGE gathered that any further delay in releasing the equipment would attract judgement debt.
Further checks at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council have confirmed that the regional minister is in the known of the the directive yet to be communicated to him by the the Attorney Generals Department.
The Minister is said to be waiting to receive official letter from the Attorney General’s office before the equipment would be handed back to (E & P).
The sophisticated equipment, which were kept by the Nyinahin District Police Command, were towed to the Nkawie District Police Headquarters, in the Atwima Nwabiagya District, for security and safety reasons.
Seizure of the equipment become necessary after the Ashanti Regional Minister disclosed that Exton Cubic Company Limited had failed woefully to produce documents which permitted it to mine or prospect for bauxite in the Tano Offin Forest Reserve at Nyinahin at the time the government had banned illegal mining.
The Atwima Mponua District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Williams Darko, gave a 24-hour ultimatum which elapsed on Friday August 11, 2017, to Exton Cubic Company Limited to remove its Mobile Houses from the Tano Offin forest.
He said the district assembly would order national security and other appropriate security agencies in the country to remove the Mobile Houses from the forest reserve if its directive was not adhered to.
The Atwima Mponua District Assembly impounded complex machines belonging to E& P in the first week of August 2017.
The Ashanti Regional Minister and the DCE said they ordered for the machines to be impounded because they had no knowledge of the presence of the company and its activities in the area.