No Bail For ‘Isis’ Bombers, Police Begins Probe
The three men arrested on Monday for possessing unauthorized explosives were denied bail when they were hauled before an Accra Central District Magistrate Court on Tuesday.
They are Ismaili Ali Musah, 30, an Arabic Teacher in Lybia; Abdul Karim, a Filling Station Attendant and Osmani Alhassan an onion seller.
One of the suspects is said to have links with international terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), although the Police in Ghana are yet to officially confirm that suspicion.
The Police reportedly found seven grenades of varied species in the custody of Abdul Karim who cooperated with investigations to arrest his two other accomplices.
Abdul Karim was arrested at Odorkor, a community in Accra on Monday and subsequently handed over to the police.
Charged with possessing explosives without lawful authority, the trio have been remanded into police custody following a request by the prosecution.
The Prosecutor, ACP Fredrick Adjei told the court presided over by Ebenezer Kwaku Ansah to remand the accused persons into police custody.
He urged the court to give the police two weeks to conduct further investigations into the matter.
ACP Adjei indicated that the police have to investigate how the accused persons came by the explosives and what they wanted to do with them.
The court further heard that the said explosives are part of ammunition belonging to the Ghana Armed Forces.
Hearing continues on January 30, 2018.
Meanwhile, the police administration has begun investigations to ascertain whether three men arrested with seven hand grenades on Monday are terror suspects.
It is unclear the motives of the suspect even though unconfirmed reports have linked one of the accused persons to ISIS.
The Inspector General of Police David Asante Appeatu at a press conference in Accra yesterday, called for calm as the police investigate the matter.
He told pressmen their investigations will cover how the suspects had access to the hand grenades, who they are and whether they have any link at all with any terrorist group.
They are yet to confirm the names and nationalities of the suspects.
“I wish to assure you and all Ghanaians as well as the international community to remain calm as we investigate this matter of police seizure.
“…We are working together with the relevant agencies to get to the bottom of this matter.
Scores of investigators and specialists are being dispatched to various locations and we are treating this matter with all the seriousness it deserves,” he assured.
He appealed to the general public to volunteer any information that will assist the police.
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/ thePublisher