National Security Ministry denies killing 2 footballers

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The National Security Ministry has refuted allegations that its operatives intentionally knocked down two people in the Akan Constituency resulting in their deaths. Two young footballers playing for the teams in the Volta Regional Division Two League were killed as a result of the accident.

The incident which occurred on Monday, December 25, has since generated discussions with the MP for the area Yao Gomado alleging foul play from the National Security Ministry. Identified as Agblar Peter of Likpe Heroes FC and Alorwu Paul of Yadzo Oti Warriors, the two were riding a motorcycle when the accident happened.

Responding to the accusations by the MP, the National Security Ministry in a statement said it was an accident that resulted in the “regrettable loss of the lives of the two persons”. The Ministry said the incident had been “mischievously fabricated to satisfy a parochial” interest.

According to the Ministry, its team has been working in collaboration with the COCOBOD to curb the smuggling of cocoa beans along the Eastern Corridor. It said the incident on December 25 was during one of those operations by the team. The statement said the “anti-cocoa smuggling operations team was involved in an accident when it collided head-on with a motorcycle carrying two persons; a development that claimed the lives of the two persons aboard the motorcycle”.

Despite the claims by the MP, the Ministry said the incident was an accident and it regrets the loss of life. It also expressed its condolences to the bereaved families while emphasizing the two were not targeted, a perception that caused persons in the area to vandalize and set ablaze the vehicle.

Read the full statement by the National Security Ministry

The attention of the Ministry of National Security has been drawn to a press release by the Honourable Yao Gomado, Member of Parliament for the Akan Constituency, accusing operatives of the Ministry of deliberately killing two persons in his Constituency.

The Ministry wishes to state that the account by the Member of Parliament for the Akan Constituency on the regrettable loss of the lives of the two persons is grossly inaccurate and mischievously fabricated to satisfy a parochial agenda.

The facts of the matter are as follows:

1. In October 2023, the Ministry of National Security, in collaboration with COCOBOD, launched an intelligence-led operation along the Eastern Corridor which includes the Akan Constituency, to prevent cocoa smuggling to neighbouring countries.

The launch of the intelligence-led operation was informed by a surge in cocoa smuggling activities, leading to a significant reduction in the quantum of cocoa beans sold by farmers to Licensed Buying Companies (LBCs). This explains the presence of National Security personnel in the Akan Constituency.

2. The anti-cocoa smuggling operations have, so far, been successful with several persons involved in the smuggling activities arrested. A significant amount of cocoa beans seized from the smugglers have been submitted as exhibits for the prosecution of the arrested persons. It is worth noting that as a result of the intelligence-led operations, the LBCs have recorded an uptick in the quantum of cocoa sold to them by farmers.

3. Regrettably, on December 25, 2023, one of the vehicles of the anti-cocoa smuggling operations team was involved in an accident when it collided head-on with a motorcycle carrying two persons; a development that claimed the lives of the two persons aboard the motorcycle.

4. In the immediate aftermath of the accident, personnel of the Ghana Police Service arrived at the scene to commence full-scale investigations. However, some aggrieved persons in the Akan Constituency, guided by a misconception that the two deceased persons were deliberately targeted, vandalised the vehicle and set it ablaze.

5. The Ministry deeply regrets the loss of the two persons and expresses its deepest condolences to their families. The Ministry, however, deems it prudent to put on record that the incident leading to the deaths of the two persons was purely accidental and not borne out of a targeted operation.

6. To this end, the public is urged to disregard the factual inaccuracies contained in the press release issued by the Member of Parliament for the Akan Constituency aimed at courting disaffection for the anti-cocoa smuggling operation currently ongoing in the Constituency.

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