The fiery political intention of African Mineral-cum, Moseray Fadika seems to have met a hot halt as a UK court is preparing a criminal summons for him to explain his part in a criminal matter brought upon the Management of the company by some 142 aggrieved Sierra Leoneans who claim various criminal violations under the leadership of Fadika as Company Chairman.
Reports in the London Guardian newspaper and Mining.Com, African Minerals Limited is being sued in a London court over allegations that it evicted residents and violently mistreated workers and villagers living close to one of its mines in Sierra Leone.
The iron ore company is accused of complicity in false imprisonment, assault and battery, trespass and theft of the claimants’ property.
It is also allegedly implicated in a fatal shooting of a 24-year-old by police during a protest over pay and conditions,” according to a weekend report in The Guardian.
The multi-million-pound lawsuit will involve 142 claimants who are aiming to receive compensation for injuries sustained during two incidents in 2010 and 2012.
This many believe will go a long in slowing down the political alacrity in the Moseray Fadika race for the APC flagship.
According to the report however, African Minerals has denied the allegations and says it has “no vicarious responsibility” for actions taken by police and further claims that UK Courts lack jurisdiction in Sierra Leone.
Stellar Diamonds (LON:STEL), an exploration company focused on West Africa, applied Friday for large scale mining at its Tongo project in Sierra Leone.
Chief executive Karl Smithson said the move, which includes the submission of the mine’s final Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) report, marked key milestones as Stellar moves from explorer to miner.
“Notably, as far as I am aware, this is the first large scale mining licence of any kind to be applied for since the onset of the Ebola crisis,” he added.
“As such this therefore also marks an important milestone for the country of Sierra Leone which needs to attract new private sector investment,” Smithson noted.
In early November, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Sierra Leone Ebola-free, a disease responsible for the deaths of 11,313 people in the region.
The Tongo application will now be processed by the National Minerals Agency and then forwarded to the Minerals Advisory Board, which will make a recommendation to the Minister of Mines.
A preliminary economic assessment in August indicated the project may produce almost one million carats of diamonds over 18 years, generating $387 million in revenues.
On Tuesday, the company posted its first revenues from mining, as trial production got underway at Baoule in Guinea and losses were trimmed to £3.05 million from £4.1 million last year.
The company said at the time it remains upbeat on the future of diamonds, despite a recent prices drop.
Shares in Stellar Diamonds were down more than 5% at 13.75 pence in early afternoon trading in London.