ALAJO BOMB FACTORY WAS AT THE CENTRE OF A COUP ATTEMPT, SAYS OPPONG NKRUMAH Featured

By NANA YAW DWAMENA September 24, 2019 103671 305031 comments

A joint security operation of personnel from defence intelligence, the Police Service Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) on Friday arrested three people and retrieved several arms and explosive devices as well as quantities of ammunition from locations in Accra and Bawaleshie, near Dodowa.

 

Making the disclosure yesterday in a press statement, the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said the joint operation “was to neutralise an elaborate plot targeted at the Presidency, and with the ultimate aim of destabilising the country”.

The arrest follows 15 months of surveillance and gathering of evidence on the activities of the prime suspects and others.

The three main suspects are Dr Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, Ezor Kafui, a local weapons manufacturer, and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu (aka BB or ADC).

Alajo swoop

The Information Minister said the operation was carried out at the Citadel Hospital at Alajo in Accra, and led to the retrieval of five locally manufactured pistols with magazines fitted on, one foreign pistol (registration number: PX154006) with two magazines, three locally manufactured pistol barrels, three smoke grenades and 22 improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Also seized were nine NATO 7.62mm AK-47 rounds, two AK-47 magazines, one long knife, seven mobile phones, two iPads, two decoders, one modem, three tablets, one Ghanaian passport, one voice recorder, one USB connector, machines and materials for manufacturing weapons and an outline plan for the operation presented by some soldiers at one of their meetings at the Next-Door Resort, also in Accra.

From the operations carried out in Bawaleshie, the Information Minister said the security personnel retrieved 63 NATO 9mm rounds.

Hatching plots

Giving details of the three men’s movements, he said they started hatching the plan in June.

“Surveillance on the activities of the persons involved commenced in June 2018, when Dr Mac-Palm and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu (‘BB’ or ‘ADC’) started organising a series of meetings at the Next-Door Beach Resort in Teshie and other locations in Accra, in furtherance of their objectives,” he said.

He added that between June and August 2018, BB, acting for and on behalf of Dr Mac-Palm, contacted a number of serving military personnel, and talked 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.

Mobilise youth

“These meetings were closely monitored. 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 nation-building, education, health and providing shelter to the needy.
“Evidence available shows the intent was to build a support base of youth, and radicalise them against the political authority in Ghana,” the Information Minister said.

To further this scheme, the Minister said, Dr Mac-Palm contracted one Mr Ezor from Alavanyo to produce locally made weapons and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for the operation.

“In July 2019, Mr Ezor set up a workshop in a container, originally used as an X-ray laboratory, at the premises of Citadel Hospital, and started producing the weapons and IEDs in-house,” he said.

Deadly operations

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said on September 10 2019, Dr Mac-Palm and Mr Ezor procured, from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, some essential chemicals to be mixed with gunpowder, stone chippings, surgical needles and powdered pepper for their operations.

In addition to that, he contracted a worker at the Base Workshop in Burma Camp to supply ten AK-47 rifles, for which he made an advance payment of GHC7,000.

“On Thursday 19 September 2019, at about 23:00 hours, still under surveillance, Dr Mac-Palm, Mr Ezor and one soldier went to an area close to the Laboma Beach to test-fire some of the locally manufactured weapons,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said.

Arrests

According to the Minister, on September 20, between 9.15am and 5.55pm, a team of security personnel undertook the operation, which led to the arrest of Dr Mac-Palm his accomplices and the subsequent retrieval of the items described above.

“The IEDs and all the exhibits are currently in the custody of the BNI, while investigations are being carried out for further action,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said.
“Meanwhile, the suspects are undergoing interrogation.”

The Information Minister assured the public that state security will work to safeguard national security and public safety.

“The public is encouraged to remain calm and advised to provide information on any suspicious persons or activities to the police for necessary action.
“The Government of Ghana will also continue with efforts to provide the necessary logistics and motivation to the security agencies for intelligence-gathering, capacity-building and other operations, to protect the country from terrorism, subversive activities and other violent crimes,” he said.

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