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John Boadu: I don’t own excavator or mining concession

The general secretary of the New Patriotic Party has also warned individuals using his name to perpetuate illegality to desist from the practice

John Boadu, the general secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has refuted claims suggesting he owns a mining concession.

He described the allegations as an attempt by his detractors to damage his hard-won reputation.

His comments is coming on the back of allegations on social media linking him to illegal mining activities popularly known as galamsey in the country.

A statement issued and signed by the press secretary to the general secretary of the NPP, Alhaji Iddi Muhayu-Deen said Boadu has directed his lawyers to take legal action against individuals and media houses behind the allegations.

“The attention of the NPP General Secretary, John Boadu, has been drawn to some news making rounds on social media linking him with some mining activities including “galamsey” in the country. John Boadu categorically refutes these allegations, which he submits, are baseless, malicious and unmeritorious,” it said.

The statement added: “On account of the foregoing, the General Secretary, is, by this statement, serving notice to the general public that he takes a very serious view of this defamatory matter, and has accordingly instructed his lawyers to proceed to court to vindicate his right against all persons behind these mischievous acts as well as media houses that provide their platforms in furtherance of this mischief against his person.”

Boadu has also warned individuals using his name to perpetuate illegality to desist from the practice.

Below is the statement:

The attention of the NPP General Secretary, John Boadu, has been drawn to some news making rounds on social media linking him with some mining activities including “galamsey” in the country. Mr. John Boadu categorically refutes these allegations, which he submits, are baseless, malicious and unmeritorious.

Indeed, the failure and inability of the individuals making the said allegations to provide any modicum of substance to back their allegations despite being challenged to do same on many occasions, bears ample testimony to the manifest falsity and mischief they are engaged in.

The allegations are thus false statements deliberately being made by his detractors with the view to injuring his hard-won reputation, and to lower his good image in the eyes of right-thinking members of the society.

For the avoidance of doubt, the General Secretary wishes to state emphatically that he has no mining concession(s) anywhere in the country or elsewhere whether acquired and operated legally or illegally, and has not authorized anybody to operate a mining concession on his behalf.

He has also never owned an excavator or a mining concession, nor has he ever been involved either directly or indirectly in any form of mining activity in the past or at present. The General Secretary is therefore cautioning individuals who are using his name to perpetuate this illegality to desist forthwith.

As a law-abiding citizen of this country, whose support and fidelity to the government’s renewed fight against the debilitating “galamsey” menace, is unquestionable, Mr. John Boadu would be the last person to engage in this abominable enterprise, which is threatening the very existence of our generation and the unborn.

On account of the foregoing, the General Secretary, is, by this statement, serving notice to the general public that he takes a very serious view of this defamatory matter, and has accordingly instructed his lawyers to proceed to court to vindicate his right against all persons behind these mischievous acts as well as media houses that provide their platforms in furtherance of this mischief against his person.

…Signed…

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