On Monday night, July 26, 2021, at about 10 pm two vehicles driven by Future Global Resources (FGR) personnel were attacked by unknown assailants in the village of Dumasi.
The company in a statement said a gun was fired into one of the cars but no one was injured.
One of the vehicles according to FGR was in Dumasi to deliver a letter to Nana Dr. Francis Kofi Bih, the Regent of Dumasi, that represented an agreement on a way forward on establishing a long-term dialogue and commitment to social investments by FGR as requested by the community but the letter was not delivered due to the attack.
FGR further alleged that on July 27, 2021, a group of some 50 “saboteurs” from the Dumasi community arrived at the FGR Bogoso site with machetes and two shotguns and set fire to equipment and buildings in a targeted and orchestrated attack. However, no person was injured in the attack “although many were seriously distressed by these unprovoked acts of violence and specific threats to life were made to employees.”
The company noted that it called the police and military to protect people and property and since their arrival, there has been no physical confrontation between the saboteurs and the authorities.
Calm has been restored but authorities are investigating the incident with a view to making arrests.
FGR stated that it will restart production once it is advised by the authorities that it is safe to do so.
“Neither prior to, during, nor following the incident did the saboteurs make any demand of FGR or state any basis for their acts of violence. Nor are the saboteurs connected with or sanctioned by the local representatives who were finalizing the agreed social investment program by FGR,” the statement said.