Normal News of Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Stability analyst, Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso
A Protection analyst, Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso has urged Ghanaians to be open-minded about the alleged plot by some people to destabilize the country, saying, an armoury is not essential to properly get rid of a authorities.
Dr Fredrick Yao Mac-Palm, a health-related practitioner Ezor Kafui, a regional weapons maker, and vivid Allan Debrah Ofosu (aka BB), a freight forwarder, have been arrested and detained in connection with the reported destabilisation plot.
Dr Antwi-Danso, the Dean of Educational Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces Staff members University, stated people really should not just search at the quantum of weapons retrieved from the arrested individuals but to also critically take a look at whether there was a conspiracy to overthrow authorities or not.
“Who is familiar with what they have completed about Accra and across the nation so that with any slightest spark or torch, it will start out to flame all over.”
Dr Antwi-Danso was talking in an interview with the on the arrest of 3 men about their alleged plot to overthrow the Presidency.
They had been on Tuesday, September 24, arraigned at a Kaneshie District Court docket, and jointly charged with conspiracy to dedicate a crime, manufacturing of arms and ammunition, as properly as unlawful possession of explosives, arms and ammunition.
They were remanded into the custody of the Bureau of Nationwide Investigation Division (BNI) and will make their future visual appeal on Oct 9.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah, the Info Minister, in a statement issued on Monday announced that adhering to a 15-thirty day period surveillance a joint stability procedure experienced neutralized an elaborate plot by the accused to destabilize the country.
A swoop performed by officers of the Defence Intelligence, Prison Investigation Division of the Ghana Police Company and the Bureau of National Investigation previous Friday also retrieved arms, explosive products and ammunition from areas in Accra, Bawaleshie, and Dodowa.
These provided five domestically made pistols with journals equipped on them, a international pistol with registration range PX154006, three domestically made pistol barrels and three smoke grenades.
Others were being 22 improvised explosive products (IEDs), 9 x 7.62mm NATO AK47 rounds, two AK47 magazines and a lengthy Knife at Citadel Healthcare facility, Alajo, which is operated by Dr Mac-Palm.
Some security analysts, political and social commentators have, on the other hand, dismissed the chance of any individual overthrowing a govt with the degree of ammunition reportedly retrieved.
Some have also cast uncertainties on the capacity of the men and women included to effectively carry out these an operation in view of the good credentials of the state stability companies.
But Dr Antwi-Danso mentioned, “I disagree with those people declaring that oh… it really is just a several arms and bombs and so they cannot phase a coup. In reality, we will not need to have a lot to destabilise a government.
“You could even intend to bring about mischief or disaffection for the authorities even a pair of scissors could be hazardous in the palms of an individual who want to use it to assault a federal government official”.
He, as a result, questioned Ghanaians to collaborate with the investigative and justice units for the effective perseverance of the situation in line with the rule of law.
The Government’s statement explained surveillance on the routines of the individuals involved in the prepared assault commenced in June 2018, when Dr Mac-Palm and Debrah Ofosu begun arranging a sequence of meetings at the Future-Door Beach front Resort, in Teshie, and other locations in Accra, in furtherance of their objectives.
In between June and August 2018, BB, acting for and on behalf of Dr Mac-Palm, contacted a range of serving army personnel, and talked them into hatching, and executing a plot to get weapons, get around crucial installations and secure funding for the goal of having around the reins of govt.
In August 2018, Dr Mac-Palm and two other people, Kennedy Amoah and Dr Albert Sam (centered in the Usa) shaped a team identified as “Take Action Ghana” (TAG), beneath the guise of mobilising the youth for country-developing, instruction, overall health, and furnishing shelter to the needy.
Accessible evidence showed the intent was to construct a help foundation of youth and radicalise them in opposition to the political authority in Ghana, it claimed.
In furtherance of this scheme, Dr Mac-Palm contracted one Mr Ezor from Alavanyo to develop regionally made weapons and Improvised Explosive
Gadgets (IEDs) for the procedure.
In July 2019, Mr Ezor set up a workshop in a container, initially made use of as an X-Ray laboratory, at the premises of Citadel Hospital, and begun making the weapons and IEDs in-residence.
On 10th September 2019, Dr Mac-Palm and Mr Ezor procured from the Korle Bu Teaching Medical center, some critical chemical compounds to be mixed with gun powder, stone chippings, surgical needles and powdered pepper for their functions.
Dr Mac-Palm also contracted a employee at the Base Workshop in Burma Camp to supply 10 AK 47 riffles and made an progress payment of GH¢7,000.00.
On Thursday, 19th September 2019, at about 2300 hrs, even now beneath surveillance, Dr Mac-Palm, Mr Ezor, and one soldier went to an space shut to the Laboma Seashore to exam some of the domestically manufactured weapons.
The IEDs and all the reveals are presently in the custody of the BNI, whilst investigations are getting carried out for further more motion.