Soldiers in custody over coup plot – Oppong Nkrumah


Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has disclosed that some military personnel including an officer are in custody over the alleged attempted coup plot on Ghana’s presidency. 

According to him, charges will be put against the suspects in the court of law in the coming days. 

“There are military persons including an officer who are in custody and being interrogated in connection with this incident,” the Information minister told sit-in host of Morning Starr Lantam Papanko on Tuesday. That adds to the three others that were earlier announced in the government statement on the matter. 

“This is not a matter that we can just trivialise or discuss on Facebook and WhatsApp platforms, we need to commend our security agencies. The group have put in place measures to procure instruments to execute their plans and have even started testing some of the instruments and that was why the Security Agencies had to step in immediately. From the brief given by the security agencies they have been monitoring the activities of a group of persons who had plans of overthrowing the government for about 15 months now”. 

Government on Monday announced a planned attack on the jubilee House had been detected and foiled by a combined team of CID and BNI operatives. 

The planned attack was intended to destabilise the country, government said in a statement. 

The said operation, according to a statement from the Information ministry, took place on Thursday, September 19, 2019. 

The statement said three people including a gun manufacturer have been arrested in connection with the operation.

Below are details of a statement from the Information Ministry 

On Friday, September 20, 2019, a joint security operation of personnel drawn from Defence Intelligence, CID and Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), conducted a successful operation which led to the arrest of three persons and the retrieval of several arms, explosive devices and ammunition from locations in Accra and Bawaleshie near Dodowa. 

The joint operation was to neutralize an elaborate plot targeted at the Presidency, and with the ultimate aim of destabilizing the country. 

The arrest and seizure come after fifteen (15) months of surveillance and gathering of evidence on the activities of the prime suspects and others. 

The persons arrested are Dr. Frederick Yao Mac-Palm and his two accomplices – Mr. Ezor Kafui (a local weapon manufacturer) and Mr. Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu (aka BB or ADC). 

The following items were retrieved as part of the operation: a. Citadel Hospital (Alajo, Accra). 

5 x locally manufactured pistols with magazines fitted on. 

1 x foreign pistol (Reg. No. PX154006) with 2 X magazines.

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