General News of Wednesday, 12 July 2017
The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has initiated investigations into how a secret recording device was placed in the office of the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu.
The device, which is said to be able to pick low volume sounds about 30 metres away, had a data storage unit and a transmitting unit.
The device was pinned to the back of the Coat of Arms hanging in the office of the Minister.
According to Mr. Amewu, officers from National Security retrieved the device after a routine screening exercise at the Ministry.
“National Security has been to my office at least two times. Unfortunately they were supposed to be there this weekend [but could not make it] and I will reengage them. The National Security through the Security Minister is on top of the issue and I think they will be able to get feedback on the development,” he said in an interview with Joy News on Monday morning.
According to Mr. Amewu he is not worried as “conversations that go on in that office are supposed to be for the consumption of the general public and for the interest of Ghanaians and so I am not so much worried what might have gone out.”
He said the BNI was conducting investigation into the matter as security at the office is being reviewed.
Asked if the device could have been hidden in the building before he officially assumed office, Mr Amewu said “it is possible but National Security is investigating”.
The device (PICTURED ABOVE), a recorder which is said to be able to pick low volume sounds about 30 metres away with a data storage unit and a transmitting unit, was pinned to the back of the Coat of Arms that hanged in the minister’s office, and Alhaji Fuseini said it was planted there around 2013 whilst he was fighting illegal mining.
His explanation was that he wanted to monitor people who were moving in and out of his office either in his presence or absence.
The BNI is still conducting investigations into the matter and Alhaji Fuseini says he was yet to be contacted about the device.
According to Alhaji Fuseini, the gadget was given to him as a gift when he was the Minister to aid him monitor what went on in his office.
He noted that the device was, however, not fully installed, and, so, the anxiety about spying on the current Minister who is at the forefront of fighting illegal small-scale mining was unnecessary.
“That was my personal property… It was not working. The installation was not completed,” he said.
On Tuesday a former Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini in a radio interview, admitted planting the audio-visual recording device in the office of the current Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu.