Shocking information emerging indicates that an aide to Bernard Antwi-Boasiako (a.k.a Wuntumi), the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has been picked up by the Bureau of National Investigations for his possible involvement in the recent botched assassination attempt on President John Dramani Mahama.
A leaked initial interrogation report of the BNI stated that Wuntumi’s aide, one Jones Addai was picked up by the security agencies following a series of suspicious activities with Charles Antwi-the failed assassin, a few days before the latter stormed the Ringway Assemblies of God Church, the particular branch which President Mahama and the First Family attend regularly.
The Republic Newspaper is still picking up information regarding these startling revelations.
According to the report, Mr. Addai met Charles Antwi several times before the assassination attempt on Sunday July 26, 2015 in what has been linked to attempt on the President’s life.
Furthermore, Jones Addai and Charles Antwi were both reportedly picked up on a CCTV camera near the church a day before the attempted shooting (Saturday July 25, 2015) in what appeared to be a well-planned reconnaissance.
Curiously, when this incident broke, Wuntumi had accompanied Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo- the flagbearer of the NPP to his three-week tour of UK. There are speculations that Wuntumi’s decision to join Akufo Addo’s entourage was a well planned move for a perfect alibi.
Wuntumi is popularly known for his hard-line and controversial stance against the administration of John Dramani Mahama. The Republic Newspaper is however unable to confirm whether he was in the thick of the plot or not.
On Sunday, before he could cause any harm, Charles Antwi was subdued by plain cloth security agents of the President imbedded among the church members. His suspicious behavior apparently triggered some Church members to blow an alarm on him.
On his arrest, Church members confirmed that the man was a stranger who was not a member of the church and nobody could identify him.
Church members claimed the man acted strangely and was too jittery during the morning sermon. A press statement from the Ministry of Communications and signed by the Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, described the man as “fidgety” during the sermon; a situation that raised suspicion among church members.
When he was searched, the security agents found a fully loaded and cocked pistol concealed in the dress of Charles Antwi. After interrogations, he claimed he bought the handgun from a Burkinabe citizen.
He was promptly processed in court and was later sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by Justice Francis Obiri of the Accra Circuit Court.
In Court, the “Holy Assassin” confessed to wanting to eliminate President Mahama for what he regarded as his cause of the economic hardships being experienced by Ghanaians.
In his justification for the act, Charles Antwi babbled several other incoherent reasons including the fact that he wanted to eliminate the sitting president so that he [Charles Antwi] could become Ghana’s next president.
His explanations in the dock set off serious argument in support of him, particularly from the NPP which claimed the sentence was too harsh because the assassin appeared not to be in a mentally stable state.
However, government officials have dismissed this assertion, saying the level of planning involved in the act could not have been carried out by someone who is simply mentally unstable.
Unluckily for him, the President and his family did not attend Church service on the D-day of the assassination attempt, a situation that possibly caused his fidgety behavior, say observers.
Charles Antwi was probably left confused with the next plan of action after realizing the absence of the President. He could have chosen from a number of other high profile targets who are incidentally members of the same church.
Apart from the first family, other key government officials including the Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Woode and senior police officers such as the Director General of the public affairs department of the Ghana police service, DCOP Rev. David Ampah Benin, all worship at the Ringway Gospel Assemblies of God Church.
There may be a conspiracy to eliminate the President, critics have said. The assassination attempt has also been linked to the President’s recent close shave with a helicopter crash.
Barely two months before the assassination attempt, President Mahama and his wife, Lordina Mahama escaped death when a Ghana Airforce MH-17 military helicopter that the were aboard made an emergency landing at Apatrampa, a suburb of Kumasi earlier this month.
The helicopter which was carrying the President, John Dramani Mahama, and First Lady Lordina Mahama from Sunyani to Kumasi where they had attended a funeral service was forced to make the emergency landing due to what the Ghana Airforce described as bad weather.
The two incidents appear unrelated, but some critics have drawn a link in what they are convinced is a sinister agenda being tested.
source The Republic Newspaper