Gov’t fingers NDC in firearms importation

Government has accused the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of issuing the permit for the importation of a total of 1,575 short guns and pop actions into the country recently. A document made available showed that a former Deputy Minister of Interior, James Agalga, signed the permit for Yadco Ghana Limited to import the items, two days to the handing over of power to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government. A statement issued on Wednesday, May 15 by the Communications Director of the NDC, Kakra Essamuah, had chastised the incumbent government, calling for the immediate ban on arms importation. The NDC said its call to government is “commonsensical” since the situation is worsening the heightened tension unduly. But addressing journalists on Thursday, Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the NDC government was well aware of the importation. He provided the permit issued by Mr Agalga, the Member of Parliament for Builsa North Constituency, on January 5, 2017. The consignment of handguns and gauge pump action guns was cleared at the Tema port but was seized after some whistleblowers suspected foul play. But upon further interrogations, the police said the consignment was legally imported. Source:|Ghana]]>

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