General News of Wednesday, 12 July 2017
It has emerged that, the secret audiovisual recording device planted at the Lands and Natural Resource Minister’s office was discovered by an Israeli national and not National Security operatives as widely speculated.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Lands Ministry, Abraham Otabil, the Israeli national [name withheld], who had called on the minister to discuss some private matters when he surprisingly detected the ‘spying’ gadget.
Speaking in a media interview, the PRO explained that, the foreigner had arrived at the ministry with his team to discuss security matters with John Peter Amewu, after the minister raised concerns about his security after picking up the ‘galamsey’ fight.
He added that, the detective and his team discovered the bugged device after a brief inspection was carried out at the office. Though the said Israeli national, could not tell the minister how long the device had been planted, National Security operatives were alerted to pick up the matter for further investigations.
But before they could conclude on their investigations, Inusah Fuseini, a former state minister under the erstwhile Mahama administration who once occupied that office, has openly admitted planting the device, but insists it never worked since installation was not completed.
Another NDC minister who occupied same office, has also lamented about the conduct of Mr Fuseini. Nii Osah Mills claims he feels his predecessor was closely monitoring his activities whiles serving under that office.
However, the current NPP minister in charge of Lands and natural Resource John Peter Amewu, says he is not surprised at the development but will work persistently to see an end to illegal mining.