Missing contractor security officer at Ahafo South Mine found
A contractor security officer at Newmont Africa’s Ahafo mine reported missing on the evening of Wednesday, 27 July 2022 has been found.
In a statement released by the mining company, a joint search party made of the Police, Newmont’s Emergency Team, Protea Coin Ghana (our contracted security provider) and community volunteers had conducted an extensive search for the missing security officer over the past four days.
According to the statement, a hunter found him at midday on Sunday, 31st July in a neighbouring forest reserve where he had traveled to himself.
“The officer is assisting the police with its investigations on his disappearance while Newmont has arranged medical and psychological support for him.” The statement noted.
On Wednesday, 27th July at about 6.30 pm, the security officer informed his colleague about using the washroom. After over 45 minutes of not returning to his duty post, his colleague reported his absence to the supervisors on duty.
The company notified the Minerals Commission which undertook an on-site fact-finding investigation.
In collaboration with his community leaders, police, local government officials, family, and community leaders, a joint search team was initiated to find the missing officer.
“I would like to thank the joint search team who worked tirelessly over the last 72 hours to find the missing security officer,” said Samuel Eshun, Acting General Manager, Ahafo South Mine.
The safety and security of our workforce will continue to remain our priority. We will review this incident thoroughly and ensure that the lessons learnt inform further enhancement of our security protocols and procedures.