The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh, has escaped unhurt when a Kia truck loaded with illegal lumber smashed his car when he tried to stop the vechicle.
The Kia truck with registration number AS 4955-E which was heading from Dormaa in the Bono Region to Yeji in the Bono East Region has been impounded.
Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh addressing a presser in Sunyani disclosed that the documents covering the illegal lumber during the arrest were suspicious. ” The amount paid in VAT was higher than the actual cost of the lumber and therefore further investigations needed to be conducted and the matter was referred to the appropriate authorities.”
The Minister’s license and that of the Kia driver and other documents of the truck have been deposited at the Sunyani Police station pending investigations into the incident.
He indicated that illegal lumber and rosewood dealers in the country have deverse a strategy by transporting it through unapproved routes.
The Minister also debunked the various allegations against him on social media that he the Minister demanded money from the truck driver and also caused the overnight detention of the truck driver .
He noted that both parties left the police station after the police had taken their statement and nobody requested for anything from the Kia driver.
He called on Ghanaians to be on the look out for people who are engaged in illegal lumber business and support the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry to fight these miscreants in the society.