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Weapons distribution allegation: Said Sinare admits ownership of pump action gun but denies AK 47

BY: Graphic.com.gh
Alhaji Said Sinare - National Vice Chairman of NDC
Alhaji Said Sinare - National Vice Chairman of NDC

The National Vice Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Said Sinare has admitted ownership of one of the guns at the centre of a weapons distribution allegation against him.

He has however told the police that the gun - a pump action gun - was missing and he has already reported the case at the Cantonments Police Station in Accra.

He said he has an extract from the police indicating that he has reported the missing gun.

With respect to a second gun, an AK-47, he has told the police that he has no knowledge about that gun and that it does not belong to him.

Mr Abraham Amaliba, one of the lawyers of Alhaji Said Sinare and a Director of Legal Affairs of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) disclosed this to  journalists at the premises of the Accra Regional Police Command where Alhaji Sinare had been invited to answer questions in relation to the guns on Thursday morning.

Read also: Police interrogate Said Sinare over weapons distribution claims

The National Vice Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Said Sinare on Thursday reported to the Accra Regional Police Command following an invitation over a weapons distribution allegation against him.

Said Sinare was invited by the police after the NDC Constituency Chairman for Ayawaso North, Ahmed Tahiru reportedly confessed to the police that Sinare had supplied guns to some youth to cause chaos during the upcoming December 7 general elections.

He therefore reported to the Accra Regional Police Command Thursday morning and as of midday, he was still being interrogated by police officers.

Alhaji Said Sinare is a former Ghana Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Amaliba

Speaking to journalists on behalf of Alhaji Sinare, Mr Abraham Amaliba said, "Welll they are interrogating Alhaji Sinare, he was shown two guns, one AK-47 and the other, a pump action gun.

“He denied knowledge of the AK-47 but he indicated that the pump action gun belongs to him and he had already made a report to the Cantonments Police Station of the gun that was missing and so he acknowledge that the pump action gun is his and he has license to show that, that belongs to him."

He said they were waiting for a police enquiry bail.

The constituency chairman of the NDCis said to have  presented an AK-47 and a pump action gun to the police as evidence of the arms being distributed by the NDC Vice-Chairman to the youth to foment trouble.

In a radio interview with Accra based Citi FM Thursday morning [October 29, 2020], Alhaji Sinare said the action of the constituency chairman who has been his employee for eight years may be as a result of anger after he fired him about a month ago.

Alhaji Sinare however denied culpability in an alleged plot to arm people with weapons to cause chaos during the December 2020 polls.

“He [Ahmed Tahiru] is the Ayawaso North constituency chairman. He is my boy and I groomed him. He is my employee, and he has been working for me for the past 8 years and I fired him exactly about five weeks ago because of so many reasons. That blackmail will never work because I am a very clean person with a good track record. I am not going to cause mayhem anywhere, I have been preaching peace everywhere I go,” he said.

“I don’t own an AK-47. I don’t even know where this guy got the AK-47 but the pump-action gun is my pump-action gun that has been registered. I reported to the police that my pump-action gun has been missing some few months back. I have got an extract of that report so at the end of the day I will be cleared because that guy, that constituency chairman must be caught, and they must put him behind bars, and they must find out from him how he got the AK-47,” he added.