Coup ‘makers’ faces court; charged with conspiracy to manufacture arms

Coup ‘makers’ faces court; charged with conspiracy to manufacture arms

- The three alleged coup plotters arrested in Ghana have been charged with five counts by the Kaneshie District Magistrate’s Court

- The three, Dr Frederick Yao Mac-Palm; Ezor Kafui and Mr Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu (aka BB or ADC) were charged with conspiracy to commit crime

- The court, did not take the plea of the accused persons thus remanding them

The three persons arrested for allegedly plotting a coup in Ghana have been charged with conspiracy to manufacture arms.

The suspects are Dr. Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, Managing Director of Citadel Hospital, Mr. Ezor Kafui, a local weapon manufacturer and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu.

The three were slapped with four other charges, including possession of explosives and firearms without lawful authority, manufacture of firearms without lawful authority, manufacture of explosives and ammunition without lawful authority and possession of explosives and firearms.

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Appearing before a court on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the accused were denied bail after ASP Sylvestre Asare asked that they be remanded into police custody to enable investigations to continue.

Lawyer of the accused, Victor Adawudu, however, opposed the application and said it is only the court that has the power to determine whether to keep his clients in custody or otherwise.

But ASP Asare responded that they needed to hold onto the accused because investigations had not been concluded.

Giving her ruling, the Magistrate, Rosemond Dodua Agyiri, said that the plea of the accused ought not be taken because some of the charges were beyond her jurisdiction.

She further advised prosecution to consider the charges closely by the next court date, before adjourning the case to October 9.

The suspects were apprehended in the early hours of last Friday, September 20 after a swoop was carried out by the BNI and other security agencies.

Some weapons and ammunition were seized from them including knives, guns and explosive devices.

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The security agencies seized the weapons at the Citadel Hospital, at Alajo and another location at Kpone-Bawaleshie near Dodowa. earlier reported that only 7% who wrote the 2019 entrance exams of the Ghana School of Law passed.

Reports indicate that of the 1,820 candidates who wrote the exams in a bid to get admission in the school, only 128 of them passed.

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