Bomb scare in Kumasi…..Explosives ‘dropped’ in Minister’s home

The bungalow of the deputy Ashanti Regional Minister.Fear gripped residents of Danyame, in Kumasi, in the evening of Monday, when some powerful explosives were allegedly thrown into the residence of the Deputy Ashanti Minister, Andy Osei Okrah.

At about 7:00pm on Monday, some of the people living close to the residence of the Deputy Regional Minister were said to have run out of their homes on hearing “the planting of a grenade” in the house.

Within a few minutes, a team of military and police personnel arrived and sealed off the building as they diffused the device.

The Ashanti Regional Police Command is tight-lipped about the incident

Efforts by The Ghanaian Times to get comments from the police proved futile  the Head of the Ashanti Regional Police Public Affairs Unit, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohammed Yusif Tanko, told the reporter “I have not been briefed on the incident.”

Meanwhile, an emergency Regional Security Committee meeting was ongoing, as at the time of filing the report.

Earlier, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon, alleged that some motor riders dropped the explosives in the house of the Deputy Minister.

The Ghanaian Times gathered that the Deputy Regional Minister was not at home at the time the explosives were said to have been dropped in the house.

The incident comes barely a month to the general elections, and some members of the public are expressing diverse views.

Some believe it was “a grand scheme by some people to send a signal that there would be no peace in the region during the general elections, which would call for heavy security presence just to scare the electorates from voting”.

The Kumasi metropolis is, however, calm, in spite of the incident, and people are going about their businesses as usual.


From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi


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