Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has revealed that the recently impounded truckload of arms and ammunition at the Tema Port, was brought into the country after the erstwhile Mahama administration approved the import just two days before it exited power in 2017 after losing the 7 December 2016 general elections.
At a news conference at the Ministry of Information on Thursday, 16 May 2019, Mr Oppong Nkrumah referred to a permit letter signed by the former Deputy Minister for the Interior in the Mahama administration, Mr James Agalga (MP), dated 5 January 2017, in which the erstwhile administration granted M/S Yadco Ghana the permit to import twenty thousand (20,000) cases of five hundred (500) pieces of Shotgun cartridges, four thousand (4,000) pieces of hunting shotguns and five hundred boxes of percussion caps into the country.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah, therefore, said: “We find it strange that the very persons who issued the permit for the importation of these arms, will today turn around and say that the Akufo-Addo administration has issued permits and, therefore, has to take the security situation of this country a lot more seriously than it is doing now”.
According to him, the Akufo-Addo administration has nothing to do with the arms.
The biggest opposition party recently issued a statement in which it suggested that the president impose a moratorium on arms imports into Ghana since the country’s security could hurt by such influx of weapons, especially at a time that Ghana’s neighbours are grappling with threats of terrorism.
Mr Nkrumah, however, said: “It is curious that after the elections of 2016, two days to the handing over, on the 5th of January, at a time of the transition, this permit was issued on the blind side of everyone”.
He said the consignment was duly inspected upon arrival at the port in accordance with standard practice and has been lodged at a designated storage area.
“The state security agencies are ensuring that the consignment does not get into the hands of unauthorised persons”, he added.