- The NDC government led by John Mahama gave permit for the importation of some firearms into the country before exiting power
- It has been revealed that the permit letter was signed by the former deputy minister for the Interior in the Mahama administration, Mr James Agalga (MP), dated January 5, 2017
Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has revealed that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) gave permit for the importation of guns before leaving office in January 2017.
Addressing journalists in Accra, the Minister said the erstwhile Mahama administration approved the importation of a large cache of arms into the country when it was in power.
According to him, the permit was signed by the then Deputy Minister for Interior, James Agalga on January 5, 2017.
He explained that the NDC gave the importer permission to import 20,000 cases of 500 pieces of shotgun cartridges.
He added that the importer was also permitted to import 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  at a time of the transition, this permit was issued on the blind side of everyone,” Mr. Nkrumah said.
The information minister was reacting to an alarm raised by the NDC over the recent importation of a large cache of arms into the country.
On Thursday, May 9, 2019 officials of Customs at the Tema Port detained a container carrying firearms.
In a statement, the NDC aired its unhappiness with the development while urging the government to place a ban on the importation of arms until emerging security threats in the country are dealt with.
However, Mr. Nkrumah explained that the importer was duly licensed by the Interior Ministry to import the arms.
According to him, “the state security agencies are ensuring that the consignment does not get into the hands of unauthorised persons.”
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