General News of Thursday, 20 September 2012
Source: Daily Guide
National Democratic Congress (NDC) operatives recruited by the embattled National Organizer of the party Yaw Boateng Gyan, are said to have solicited the help of a witch-doctor to hunt down the suspected mole who leaked the ‘Yaw Boateng-Gyan’ secret tape.
Mr. Boateng Gyan admitted to the use of traditional African voodoo or ‘Juju’ in the quest to hunt the fifth columnists when he spoke to Accra-based Okay FM on Tuesday morning.
However, he quickly added that even though he knew about the voodoo manhunt, he had nothing to do with it.
Speaking in Twi, he stated, “The boys told me they were going to use Juju to find the person who exposed the tape but I stayed away from such things because of my religious inclination.”
Yaw Boateng Gyan was totally taken off-guard when his secret scheme was exposed by the Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy Agyapong, in late August.
Soon after the exposé, on Friday, September 7, 2012, irate NDC operatives apparently licking their wounds from the intense public backlash from the secret tape leak, grabbed a man suspected to be the snitch responsible for leaking the scandalous tape.
The suspected spy, Michael Amankwa, was consequently hauled to the Nima Police Station, but the police had to release him for want of charges.
Police sources at the Nima Police Station told DAILY GUIDE that the police officers were confused about the exact charges to prefer against Michael Amankwah who was given a ‘citizen’s arrest’ by the NDC members.
Michael Amankwah, according to an anonymous source both within the police and the NDC headquarters, was nabbed at the party headquarters and taken to the Nima Police Station by a certain Ferkeh, who handed him over to the police officers at the station.
Being a case with national security implications, a counter non-commissioned officer (NCO) referred the matter to the divisional commander, DAILY GUIDE gathered. The divisional commander was said to have handed over the case to the district commander.
The suspect, according to sources, was detained overnight and when the district commander for Nima, Aduhene Banieh, turned up, he asked that Amankwah be released on bail since he could not be charged with any offence.
It appears the traditional remedy may not be entirely foolproof because NDC sources told DAILY GUIDE that Amankwah was the wrong man and that the person who actually bugged the meeting venue was still walking freely at the party headquarters.
For almost four weeks now, Mr. Gyan has been in the news following the exposure of his clandestine plans to infiltrate the security services with NDC operatives and gather information on the NDC’s political opponents as well as causing chaos during the impending December general elections.
Some of the contents of the tape include plans on how to issue national security identity cards to party operatives; infiltration of the Military special forces and securing funding from the Ministry of Finance to facilitate their activities.
Mr. Yaw Gyan conceded to the content of the tape that captured his voice extensively as he laid out the plans to his operatives.
The National Security Coordinator, Larry Gbevlo-Lartey, has exonerated the NDC national organiser over the controversial leaked tape in which he was plotting to infiltrate the National Security with party loyalists.
Gbevlo-Lartey told Joy FM that the tape had “nothing of value worth investigating”. “I have listened to the tape not less than five times,” he said and that he “has not found anything wrong with it”.
“If there is something to investigate we will investigate,” he said, adding that the National Security would not be lured to go fishing for something which had no security implication on the country.