Following report of the foiling of an alleged attempt to create instability in the country, the Executive Secretary of the Bureau of Public Safety, Nana Yaw Akwada is demanding further details about the circumstances surrounding the purported plot.
Mr. Akwada said more clarity from the government is needed to give credibility to the story after the arrest of three persons believed to be at the centre of the plots.
“I think that there are still a lot of questions that the press release did not answer and so it leaves us with very little room to take the statement very seriously. We would want to know who the collaborators within Ghana’s military are and how many they are.”
“…You have been monitoring someone trying to destabilise the country, trying to literally attack the president, for one year only for you to move in and retrieve five pistols, two Ak 47s, a couple of rounds and some improvised [explosive] devices,” he said.
A joint security operation last Friday led to the arrest of Dr. Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, Ezor Kafui and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu after a raid on the Citadel Hospital which Dr. Mac-Palm manages.
On Monday, the government revealed that the raid foiled a plot targetted at the presidency “with the ultimate aim of destabilising the country.”
The operation followed 15 months of surveillance and gathering of evidence on the activities of the suspects.
According to the government, between June and August 2018, one of the suspects contacted a number of serving military personnel “and talked to them into hatching and executing a plot to obtain weapons, take over key installations, and secure funding for the purpose of taking over the reins of government.”
The government also said meetings between the suspects and serving military personnel with a view to executing a plot to obtain weapons, take over key installations, and secure funding for the purported coup “were closely monitored.”
The three were also accused of radicalising youth in the country with its goals in mind.
“In August 2018, Dr. Mac-Palm and two others, Kennedy Amoah and Dr. Albert Sam (Based in the USA) formed a group called “Take Action Ghana” (TAG), under the guise of mobilising the youth for nationbuilding, education, health, and providing shelter to the needy. Evidence available shows the intent was to build a support base of youth, and radicalize them against the political authority in Ghana.”