Six persons have sustained gunshot wounds from stray bullets and several others sustained serious injuries at Bibiani in the Western North Region during a demonstration to prevent Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyabi ll, to perform rite for Mensin Gold Mine.
The victims have been rushed to the Bibiani government hospital and Divine Love hospital where they are receiving treatment.
The Paramount Chief of Sefwi Anhwiaso who doubles as the President of the National House of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II had gone to Bibiani to perform a rite to officially open the Mensin Gold Mine when the incident happened on Wednesday July 20.
The demonstrators, numbering more than a hundred, clad in red and black, holding placards, gatherered at the shrine to prevent the Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyabi ll.
Some of the youth also claimed, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyabi ll, is not the legitimate chief to perform the rite for Mensin Gold Mine but rather Nana Ngoah Anyimah Kodom ll, the chief of Bibiani.
The youth of Bibiani have accused the management of the mine of refusing them employment which a situation which occasioned Wednesday’s demonstration.
They said the Management of Mensin Gold Mine Limited, the Assembly and traditional authorities had refused to employ the youth in Municipality.
The leader of the group, Mr Kwame Tarbi, pointed out that mining companies such as Chirano Gold Mines Limited, Ghana Bauxite Corporation and Mensin Gold Mine were all based in the Municipality but have no significant impact in the lives of the youth in the area.
It is reported some of the youth who were allegedly armed opened fire upon reaching the precinct of the mine which was under heavy security.
The Bibiani Police have opened investigations into the incident.