Unseen hands wants president Mahama dead.
Since his swearing into office as the president of Ghana on 7th January 2013, President John Dramani Mahama has received three major death scares which is unprecedented with any sitting president in the annals of Ghana’s history.
On Sunday 26th July 2015, Security operatives on guard at president Mahama’s church, prevented what could have been a bloody Sunday after they found a loaded gun on a young man.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Communications, the 36-year-old man, Charles Antwi was ‘’fidgety’’ and looked ‘’suspicious’’. The man’s suspicious behavior gave him apparently gave him away as the security officers on duty whisked him away before he could cause any harm.
President John Mahama and his family who worship at the Ringway Gospel Centre branch of the Assemblies of God Church were not in church on that fateful Sunday.
Charles Antwi, the man with the gun
When Charles Antwi was sent to court the next day, the 36-year-old man confessed he had the intent to kill President John Dramani Mahama following which he was slapped with a 10-year jail term by the Accra Circuit Court.
Charles Antwi, the convict, admitted he wanted to kill the president because he was fed up with the frequent power outages and the poor management of the economy. Also, he had prior to the demise of Prof. John Evans Mills, wanted to be president, but was unlucky when president Mahama was rather sworn in as Head of State.
He told the court that the day he was picked up was the fourth time he had gone to the church to launch his attack.
Asked how he got to know where President Mahama worshipped, the convict said a soldier on duty at the former seat of government, the castle, had told him.
On March 1, 2016, the police arrested a 33-year old man and handed him over to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for allegedly making a threatening commentthat President John Mahama will collapse during this year’s Independence Day parade.
Kwame Gyebi who allegedly made the comment at a beer bar at Dzorwulu in Accra is said to have boasted that he knew what he was referring and dared anyone to mark his words that the president would swoon when delivering his speech on 6th March.
BNI sources said they were investigating the matter to ascertain if there are collaborators but noting has been heard so far.
Whilst the dust on this has not settled yet, on Monday May 9, 2016, a worker of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Senanu Asbeit Akpade was arrested and kept in custody of the BNI for possessing a gun in wait for president Mahama.
President Mahama was at the refinery on Monday May 9 with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley to assess the company’s performance since it resumed full operation in February this year.
Mr. Asbeit Akpade who worked with the Environmental Department of TOR is a known supporter of the governing National Democratic Congress and was among staff and management who were waiting for the president.
Ahead of the president’s arrival however National Security Officers who had gone ahead of the president convoy arrested the man after realizing that his behavior was suspicious.
Though the President hasn’t shown any sign of fear or panic, security analysts say, the security of the president needs to be beefed up to thwart efforts of the unseen hands that want to assassinate the president.
Source:Kwabena Agyapong the Guardian Newspaper, UK