Gifty Amofa, GNA
Accra, Oct. 9, GNA
- Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, the Chief Executive Officer of the Citadel Hospital
and his alleged accomplices have been put before the Kaneshie District Court
with additional charge of treason.
Kafui, alias Ezor, Bright Alan Debra, were initially charged with conspiracy to
possess explosives, arms and ammunitions as well as possession of explosives,
arms and ammunitions.
together with Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli, Geshon Akpa, Warrant Officer Esther,
Lance Corporals Seidu Abubakar, Solomon Ali and Sylvester Akankpewu are now
facing charges ranging from conspiracy to commit treason, treason, conspiracy
to possess explosives, arms and ammunitions as well as possession of
explosives, arms and ammunitions without lawful excuse.
Their pleas were
not taken, but the Court advised them to go to the High Court to seek for bail.
The Court presided
over by Madam Rosemond Dodowa Agyiri ordered that while the military officers
were kept in the military custody, the rest should be kept with the police
since she described the action of the prosecution as “gross disrespect,” for
failing to follow the orders of the Court when it asked prosecution to allow
counsels and families of the accused to visit them.
She ordered that
Mac-Palm be kept at the Ministries’ Police, whereas Kafui and Debra be kept at
the Osu and Nima, respectively as requested by the Prosecution.
Their counsels have
between 1300hours and 1700 hours to visit while 0900hours and 1200hours for
family with effective from Thursday, October 10.
Removing them from
the BNI’s custody is to prevent laxed behaviour of the officers, she noted that
all their liberties would be taken care of in police custody.
All of them are
expected back in court on October 28.
of Police (ASP) Sylvester Asare giving the facts said, Mac-Palm was a medical
practitioner, Kafui, a blacksmith, Debra, a freight manager and the rest were
officers of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
He said they were
all members of the Take Action Ghana-a Non-Governmental Organisation,
incorporated by Mac-Palm in 2018.
ASP Asare said the
group planned to demonstrate against the government as well as overtake it, so
Mac-Palm contacted Kafui, resident of Alavanyo to manufacture arms for that
purpose and he produced.
Later, the others
were also contacted including; Akpa, a weapon mechanic with GAF, who agreed and
supplied two AK47 for GH¢2,000.00 but could not give more and returned the
money after pressure mounted by Mac-Palm.
said they also held meetings to facilitate the process and drew a map covering
the Flagstaff House, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, 37, Burma Camp to
facilitate their movements.
Colonel Gameli, ASP
Asare said, promised to give his support before, during and after the planned
He said when Kafui
brought the 22 explosives, six pistols, three grenades and five ammunitions,
Mac-Palm accommodated him, adding that all took place from June 2018 and
Mac-Palm was said
to have also provided a quantity of substance which when inhaled, would make
one sleep for an hour.
Police upon a
tip-off, arrested Mac-Palm on September 19 and the rest subsequently, saying
police were still investigating the matter.
Counsels for W02
(Mr Agamilla) and the others (Mr Victor Kwadjoga Adawudu) argued that the court
did not have a jurisdiction over the case.
Mr Adawudu pleaded
with the Court to discharge his clients because the Court had no jurisdiction
over the case.
He said prosecution
had a ploy to punish “these innocent citizens,” by keeping them in custody,
while they sought for evidence, stating that it was a set-up and that the real
architect, Sule, who is alleged to be on the run was not even included in the
new charge sheet and the facts.
Mr Agambilla said
WO2 Esther is a mother of a one-year-old baby, had Ulcer and she was on a
special diet that the BNI could not provide and had also prevented family from
buying for her.
In a rebuttal Mr
Asare said prosecution would not waste taxpayers’ money for the said set-up, arguing
that the Court had the jurisdiction to commit them to the High Court.
sympathisers thronged the court to support the accused persons.
wailed and cried for God’s intervention and there was libation pouring to
ward-off anyone that would testify against them in court.
There were heavily
armed police officers to restore order.
Lance Corporals Nii
Ankrah and Baba Ibrahim were discharged by the Court.