Small Scale Miners Association Taskforce Commander Shot, Police Launch Manhunt for Suspects

Police in the Eastern Region are currently searching for a man known as Danso, who serves as a youth leader and works as a miner in Asamang Tamfoe, Atewa East District. He is wanted for allegedly shooting Major Patrick Don-Chebe, the Commanding Officer of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners Taskforce.

Sources from Citi News report that Danso, along with his accomplice Joe, who is also a miner, went to a mining site in Asamang Tamfoe on Wednesday, October 18th. The taskforce was present at the site to crack down on illegal mining activities based on intelligence received. Danso and Joe attempted to prevent their apprehension.

Joe was visibly armed when they arrived, and he approached the taskforce. However, when members of the taskforce overpowered Joe to disarm him, Danso, who had concealed a pistol under his shirt, unexpectedly shot Patrick Don-Chebe at close range in the ribs. After the shooting, Danso and Joe managed to escape while the taskforce rushed to aid their injured commander.

Patrick Don-Chebe was quickly transported to Kibi Government Hospital for initial treatment. He was subsequently transferred to the 37 Military Hospital in an ambulance and underwent immediate surgery.

Joe has been apprehended by the local police, while Danso remains at large. The General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners, Godwin Armah, confirmed the incident and called on the Inspector General of Police and local law enforcement to expedite their investigations to locate and apprehend Danso. Patrick Don-Chebe, the Commanding Officer of the Taskforce, is still receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital.

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