A 33 year-old man has been arrested for allegedly saying that President Mahama will drop dead while delivering his speech on Independence Day, during the usual parade at the Independence Square. According to reports, he made the statement at a drinking bar at Dzorwulu, in Accra, where he was subsequently reported to the police by witnesses.
It is said that a witness who overheard him saying this with full conviction was so disturbed that he had to inform the police who arrested the suspect.
The suspect Kwame Gyebi, also resident of Dzowulu, was said to have boasted he knew what he was saying and dared anyone to mark his words. He has been nabbed by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI). Investigations have also commenced by the BNI into the possible reason behind the man’s statement.
People who overheard him reported him to the Airport Police who later handed him over to us…”
He occasionally referred to the President as “John” while speaking,” a source at the BNI, told Graphic.com.gh.
Although it has not been ascertained if Gyebi has made any moves to actualize his prediction, the BNI says it is on the case.
We are also running a few security checks because of the security implications of the suspect’s statement. We cannot take anything for granted,” The BNI source added.
The Independence day parade which is set to be on March 6 will be organised at the Independence Square. This incident comes exactly seven months after an armed man was arrested during a Sunday church service in Accra plotting to assassinate the President.
In July 2015, 36 year-old Charles Antwi was arrested during Sunday church service at the Assemblies of God Church. The man who later confessed to plotting to assassinate the President was later sentenced to a 10-year prison term by an Accra Circuit court presided over by Justice Francis Obir.