- MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has accused the government of trying to hide details of a report into the alleged unlawful demolishing of the Bulgarian Embassy
- Mr Ablakwa said Ghana risks further international disgrace over the matter because many countries were monitoring the issue
- He accused the Nana Akufo-Addo-led government of being behind the latest demolishing of the Bulgarian Embassy and similar demolition in the past
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Lawmaker Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said Nana Akufo-Addo's government appears to be hiding a report into the demolishing of the Bulgarian Embassy like a nuclear code.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), MP for North Tongu, has revealed that the report put together by the Sole Inquirer, Justice Kwasi Anto Ofori-Atta (retired), is being shrouded in secrecy by the government.
The Sole Inquirer was tasked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the actual ownership of a parcel of land in dispute between the Bulgarian Embassy and a private developer on April 26, 2022.
In a Facebook post on Monday, May 9, 2022, Mr Ablakwa has alleged that “all we see is a grand scheme of apparent official cover-up and a sleazy agenda to shield the President’s appointee at the NDPC, ‘Demolishing Man’ Dr Yaw. Adu Ampomah.”
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He fears that because the “diplomatic and international community” was keenly following the matter, it would be bad for Ghana to mishandle it.
“The diplomatic and international community is following this sordid affair, most keenly — Ghana cannot afford another damning international verdict after the recent spate of grim global assessments,” he said.
Responding to the MP's allegations about attempts to hide the contents of the report, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Jinapor, has promised that the government will handle the report with utmost transparency and integrity.
In March this year, Mr Ablakwa disclosed how persons close to the government brazenly demolished the Bulgarian Embassy in Ghana. Mr Ablakwa published photos and documents to back his allegation that the Bulgarian Embassy in Accra, located at Kakramadu Road, Plot No. 10, East Cantonments, had been completely razed to the ground unlawfully.
According to the ranking member on Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, the state-approved demolition was led by “armed rogue elements” with support from “deviant land guards and errant personnel allegedly from the Cantonments Police Station”.
Bulgaria Embassy Demolition: Ghana Gov’t Begins Probe To Unravel True Owners Of Disputed Land
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the government has set up a special probe to unravel the true owner of a disputed parcel of land on which the demolished Bulgarian embassy in Accra was standing.
The special probe was tasked with the following:
1. Undertake a full and impartial inquiry into the alleged encroachment and/or demolishing of property on the land being used as the Bulgarian Embassy;
2. Make appropriate recommendations relating to the land being used by the Bulgarian Embassy;
3. Inquire into the nature of interest in any land held or occupied by Diplomatic Missions in Ghana;
4. Inquire into any matter relating to land in which Diplomatic Missions in Ghana have an interest whatsoever;
5. Make recommendations to Government.
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