Former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Inusah Fuseini, has disclosed that the audio visual device intercepted in the current Lands Minister’s office is not functional.
Inusah Fuseini, who said he fixed the device in 2013 when he served in the same capacity, said the installation was not completed because he didn’t have time.“It is true that I was installing it in 2013, but we never got around to completing the installation and so that is why the national security did the swoop in the office they didn’t pick any signal because it’s not working.”
When asked why he couldn’t complete the installation, Inusah Fuseini said “somebody was doing it [for me] but I didn’t have time. While doing it, he needed me in the office but I didn’t have time so he couldn’t complete it.”
The audio visual device hidden in the coat of arms in the office of the Lands Minister was found on Monday by a team from the National Security who are currently investigating the matter.
But even before the investigations could proceed, Inusah Fuseini told Citi News that he installed the device for his personal protection because he took up the fight against illegal mining also known as galamsey in the country at the time.
“As a minister, I had started the fight against galamsey…that was an investment in my own security. Kumbour had been shot during the time we came into office and I have been advised by National Security to leave my private residence at Ridge and move into a government residence in town. So I was doing that to ensure that I monitor people who were coming into my office in my presence and in my absence,” he added.
I’m not too surprised about uncovered ‘spying’ device – Amewu
The current Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Peter Amewu, in an earlier Citi News interview said he was not “too surprised” about the discovery, although he suggested that the device may have been installed to monitor him due to his fight against illegal mining.
“It is quite shocking. It is a caution for us to be careful in the environment we are working in. I am not too surprised; but it is an interesting thing that has been uncovered. The fight against illegal mining is a presidential directive. The President gave this directive that we must keep the environment. And I am not doing this alone. I am doing it with other sectorial Ministers so it is a caution that we should be extra careful,” Mr. Amewu added.
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana