Operatives of the National Security’s ITF Unit, have rounded up a gold smuggling syndicate at the border town of Aflao.
They have been sending out large amounts of gold bars out of Ghana through the Aflao border, in what appeared to be a long running illegal business.
The cartel, includes Ghanaians and foreigners from neighbouring countries in partnership with their Indian financiers, have been behind smuggling of Ghana’s precious mineral resources in huge volumes using Togo.
Information available to this portal has it that the busted persons have some political and security backing in their illegal business, which is making Ghana lose millions of US dollars by way of revenue.
But on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, luck eluded them, when the National Security’s ITF Unit upon a tipoff, stormed the Aflao border town and arrested them while in the act, smuggling yet another 15 kilogrammes of gold out of the country.
Numbering about four, they claimed they are Malian nationals, but living in Aflao.
They mentioned that they were smuggling the gold for a certain Alhaji Braima who is resident in Accra.
Details, as well as the identities of the suspects are sketchy.
But their names were given as; Mohammed Jaggar, Abdul Samad, Abas Inusah and one Musah, a Ghanaian and driver.
They were using two vehicles; one Toyota Corolla and Toyota Caravan.
The suspects have since been transported to the capital, Accra for further investigations.
Source: The Herald Ghana