Security agencies in Ghana have arrested three persons suspected of plotting a coup aimed at destabilising the country.
The Information Ministry gave the names of the suspects as Dr. Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, Managing Director of Citadel Hospital, Ezor Kafui, a local weapon manufacturer and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu.
They were arrested on September 20 in a joint security operation which also led to the seizure of several weapons and explosive devices.
According to a statement from the Ministry of the Information, the arrest and seizure come after 15 months of surveillance and gathering of evidence on the activities of the prime suspects and others.
The ministry added that the suspects had tried contacting a number of serving military officers to help in the attack.
“Between June and August 2018, BB, acting for and on behalf of Dr. Mac-Palm, contacted a number of serving military personnel, and talked them into hatching and executing a plot to obtain weapons, take over key installations, and secure funding for the purpose of taking over the reins of government. These meetings were closely monitored,” the statement said.
The suspects are now being quizzed by the country’s Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and other security agencies.