A group of young men in Obuasi, located in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, forcefully entered the local police station to demand the release of forty-eight individuals who had been trapped in AngloGold Ashanti Ghana’s Obuasi Mine shaft. These individuals had been arrested upon their emergence from the mine.
In response to the situation, armed military personnel fired gunshots to disperse the crowd.
AngloGold Ashanti clarified that unauthorized individuals can exit the mine shaft on foot through the existing ramp, and there has been no confinement of anyone underground. The main exit ramp from the mine remains open.
The management team of the Obuasi Gold Mine has informed the relevant authorities and public security services about the incident and is cooperating closely with them. They issued a statement emphasizing their commitment to the safety and security of employees and community members.
They are actively working with the authorities to ensure that only authorized personnel and contractors have access to the underground work areas. The company also expressed its readiness to assist the authorities in ensuring the safe exit of any unauthorized individuals from the mine.
It is important to note that illegal entry into underground mining areas poses significant risks and dangers.