A bubbly military cook loved by many officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) Esther Doku alias “Mama Gee” is the latest to be added to the list of the soldiers said to be part of those who planned to violently overthrow the Akufo-Addo government.
The Herald first released Mama Gee’s name and others sometime last week, after the head of the Military Police of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) dropped it on a WhatsApp platform ahead of the announcement by the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in which Dr. Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, owner of Citadel Hospital and his two accomplices – Ezor Kafui (a local weapon manufacturer) and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu (aka BB or ADC) were named.
Mama Gee, was part of six military personnel, who were put before the Kaneshie District Court for their alleged involvement in the recent alleged coup d’état, which has been rubbished by many Ghanaians.
The six are Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) Esther Doku, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, Lance Corporal Albert Baba Ibrahim, Lance Corporal Godwin Nii Ankrah, Lance Corporal Sylvester Akapewu and Corporal Seidu Abubakar.
Meanwhile, The Herald, has learnt more about one of the suspects; Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli, who was last week put on trial with a civilian, Gershon Akpa, is very ill.
He is said to have some medical challenges with his kidney and have and to spent lot of time at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
Military Officers, who know him described him as a fine officer, very outgoing, fun-loving and speaks his mind any day. But they casted doubt on his involvement in a coup to overthrow the Akufo-Addo government.
To most of them, his only connection to Dr. Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, owner of Citadel Hospital is that they were in Bishop Herman College (BIHECO) in Kpando in the Volta Region. The two of them are natives of Kpando.
It is unclear, if the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has been allowing Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli, to meet his routine medical requirement at the 37 Military Hospital.
Interestingly, the six new suspects were also charged with possession of explosives, arms and ammunitions without lawful authority just as Dr. Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, Ezor Kafui and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvester Asare, said the military officers were part of a group of other accused persons, who have already been arraigned.
The prosecution further added that, investigations were ongoing.
The Court presided over by Madam Rosemond Dodua Agyire, remanded the six into the Bureau for National Investigations’ (BNI) custody. They are expected to return on October 9.
Victor K. Adawudu, lawyer for five persons standing trial for their alleged involvement in a plot to overthrow the Akufo-Addo led government, has stated that his clients have been set-up and when the case starts to unfold in court, Ghanaians would be shocked.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM, the lawyer noted the set-up, has been so messy that Ghanaians will be shocked given that it was done by unintelligent people.
“People will be shocked as to how this set-up and when you put people who are unintelligent as people to set up, these are the kinds of things that we will wake up to,” he said.
He also faulted the security agencies for making two of his clients appear before court last Friday without informing him in time so he could be in Court to defend them, alleging that such an action makes him believe that his clients have been set-up
“…It all tells me that there is something that is being covered up…And I insist on my word and say and that this is all set up, it’s dilatory and we can’t glorify this. We will wait patiently. Let them be put to court, charged and their plea taken and the drama will unfold. This nation will be shocked,” he alleged.
The five accused persons of standing trial for their alleged involvement in the alleged coup plot to overthrow the Akufo-Addo government, have been charged with possession of arms and ammunition without lawful excuse.
An ex-soldier and former Minister in the John Kufuor administration, Nkrabea Effah-Dartey, has argued against the possibility of a successful overthrow of the government.
According to Captain retied Nkrabea Effah-Dartey, Ghana has “survived over 20 years of [continous] constitutional and democratic rule” and he doesn’t believe a coup can be successfully executed.
“I cannot appreciate a situation where anybody in his right senses will think he can successfully destabilise Ghana,” he told JoyNews’ PM Express programme on Monday, warning “any soldier listening” to “run away from the idea.”
Effah-Dartey’s cautions, come in the midst of the government’s row with some military personnel, a doctor and other accomplices, who have been accused of a conspiracy to destabilise the state.
A statement from the Information Ministry, said the alleged conspirators under the guise of a medical facility, manufacturing guns.
The statement had said the accused persons, planned to target the Presidency. The security agencies have been surveilling the suspects for 15 months, the statement added.
They have been arraigned before court on charges, including unlawful manufacture of guns.
Scores of people, including former President and 2020 Presidential candidate of the NDC, John Mahama, have laughed off the government’s claims.
Effah-Dartey, who represents one of the accused soldiers, says the officer is “emotionally suffering because…he is absolutely and completely innocent.”
“His father was an NPP Chairman so his commitment to the governing NPP administration is without question,” Effah-Dartey said.
Maj. Osahene Boakye Gyan (Rtd), who was involved in the June 4, 1979, coup d’état that toppled another military regime, disagreed with his co-ex-serviceman.
According to Mr Gyan, Ghana’s democracy, is still young and besides, “any state must assume that some people somewhere want to destabilise it.”
“That’s why we have security personnel to guard the state against aggression,” he said.
He, also, however, challenged the narrative that the accused persons could destabilise the state.
According to him, the suspects display no power of being able to move a battalion of soldiers to execute the said act.
Killing the President, he explained doesn’t qualify as destabilising the state, an example he said is the assassination of former US President, JF Kennedy, which did not destabilise the superpower.