The Police in Tema have impounded more than 400 pistols and ammunition shipped into the country by an unknown person.
The said weapons were concealed in a consignment of personal effects that were shipped from Turkey.
According to a statement from the Police sighted by GhanaNewsPage.Com, the ammunition were impounded by the Customs at the Meridian Point Services Terminal.
The statement continued that the Police has already commenced investigations into the importation of such quantity of arms into the country two months to a crucial elections.
The weapons have however been taken back to the Ghana Revenue Authority’s Long Room Armoury at the Tema Port.
National Communications Director of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi who is alarmed at the development have called for speedy investigations into the importation of the ammunitions.
In a statement published on his Facebook wall, Mr Gyamfi alleged that “we have picked intel that some unscrupulous persons are trying to get the weapons released”.
Below is his full reaction.
“It has come to the attention of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), that a consignment of 436 Pistols and ammunition imported illegally into the country from Turkey, was intercepted and impounded at Tema Port yesternight.
The pistols and ammunition which had been concealed in a consignment of personal effects from Turkey were found during physical examination by Custom Officials at the Port and taken to the Tema Habour Police station.
Attached is a picture of the impounded weapons in a Pick-up Vehicle and the Police statement of the Clearing Agent that confirm the incident.
We are informed that the weapons have been taken back to the Ghana Revenue Authority’s Long Room Armoury at the Tema Port. We have picked intel that some unscrupulous persons are trying to get the weapons released.
While we commend the Customs Excise and Preventive Service unit at Tema port for acting swiftly to impound this consignment, we demand that they update the nation on this worrying development in the spirit of transparency. Ghanaians deserve to know who illegally imported the said pistols and ammunition into the country and for what purpose.
More importantly, Ghanaians deserve to know the identity of the so-called “Big Men” who are pulling strings behind the scenes to get the consignment released.
Given the danger that these weapons can pose to the security of the nation in the wrong hands, we humbly appeal to the media to follow this story closely. We are watching!”