The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said that he is shocked government is claiming some people were planning to stage a Coup D’etat.
According to him, the explanation by government is not only unsatisfactory but cannot stand the test of time.
General Mosquitoe as he is known and called speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen on Wednesday as monitored by GhanaNewsPage.Com said the weapons presented by government as the ones that were seized from the alleged coup plotters is enough to conclude that government is not serious about the claims.
The weapons, he said, are of inferior quality and cannot over power a citizen let alone overcome the Military in Ghana.
“Government’s statement confirmed that it lacks confidence in the military, otherwise how can you come out and claim that someone can execute a coup d’etat with Alavanyo pistols…do you mean these Alavanyo pistols can overcome our Military…?” he queried.
The outspoken National Scribe of the main opposition party said this while reacting to reports that three persons including a medical doctor have been arrested for plotting to stage a coup.
The three including a medical doctor, Dr Mac-Palm and two others, Mr. Ezor Kafui (a local weapon manufacturer) and Mr. Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu (aka BB or ADC) were arrested last weekend for alleging plotting to destabilise the country.
They have since been sent to court, charged and remanded into BNI custody.
The comment by the NDC General Secretary adds to claims by some Ghanaians that the weapons that were manufactured by the three cannot be used to stage a coup.
Major Boakye Gyan who played a role in the 1979 Coup Detat that toppled the Late Hilla Limann government has claimed that the weapons seized from the alleged coup plotters cannot even kill a squirrel.
But Deputy Defence Minister insists that the government will not take chances as according to him, one does not always need sophisticated weapons to take over government.
“You don’t need too many weapons to launch an attack. Some years ago, someone used just a pair of scissors to attack people at GBC…,” he said.
Attack on the Military
The Deputy Defense Minister, had claimed earlier that the three were plotting to attack the Defense Ministry as part of their coup.
“The intelligence we gathered at a point indicated that these young men wanted to attack the Defense Ministry…,” he said.