Ghanaian security forces have arrested and are questioning three alleged coup plotters after their plans to target the presidency were foiled.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Ghana’s government said the plot had “the ultimate aim of destabilising the country.
“Military personnel are involved in obtaining weapons,” it said.
15 months of surveillance
A stash of weapons and ammunition was found following 15 months of surveillance. Computer equipment, a voice recorder and a Ghanaian passport were among the list of items seized.
The government statement said the three men arrested named Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, Ezor Kafui and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu, had set up a group targeting young people. But this was a guise for their intention to “build a support base of youth, and radicalise them against the political authority in Ghana”.
Alleged coup plotters
The alleged coup plotters, one of whom is a doctor, had started procuring weapons and improvised explosive devices. The statement said they procured some chemicals that were to be used to concoct weapons from a hospital.
The government has also accused military personnel of plotting to obtain weapons.
This is coming as Ghana prepares to go to the polls next year.