Mahama administration gave permit for importation of guns – Gov’t


The Akufo-Addo administration has denied claims by the National Democratic Congress that it approved the importation of a large cache of arms into the country.

The opposition party in a recent statement raised an alarm that the Akufo-Addo administration had authorised the importation of the weapons at a time the country was grappling with the threat of terrorism.

But the government said it can confirm that the Mahama Administration under the NDC rather issued the permit for the importation of the arms before leaving office in January 2017.

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told journalists in Accra that the permit was signed by the then Deputy Minister for Interior under the Mahama Administration, James Agalga on 5th January 2017.

Quoting from the letter, Mr. Nkrumah said the permit by the NDC granted the importer permission to import 20,000 cases of 500 pieces of shotgun cartridges, 4,000 pieces of hunting shotguns and 500 boxes of percussion caps.

“It is curious that after the election of 2016, two days to the handing over on the 5th of January [2017] at a time of the transition, this permit was issued on the blind side of everyone.”

The container full of weapons

The minister, however, said as the consignment arrived; it was duly inspected in accordance with standard practice and has been delivered 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.