Dominic Nitiwul Took Gifts From Weapon Smugglers -Accused Of Lying To Appointments Committee

Defense Minister-designate, Dominic Nitiwul Defense Minister-designate, Dominic Nitiwul

A Ghanaian citizen based in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ghana, has written to the Appointments Committee of Parliament not to approve Defense Minister-designate, Dominic Nitiwul, because he peddled untruths before the Committee when he appeared before it for his vetting recently.

According to Adegbule Ola Durojaiy, Mr Nitiwul, claimed during his vetting that some Ghanaian soldiers who were cited for smuggling of arms had been punished, but that was false.

Mr Durojaiy in his letter, said the officers were currently walking free, although they were due to face court-martial.

He said the personnel who were on a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon when they were caught in the illegal acts.

Mr Durojaiy, disclosed that one of the persons identified in the smuggling ring confirmed gifting some items, including a treadmill and a cooker to Mr Nitiwul and there was evidence to back the claim.

He said the officer recently uploaded photos of himself and Dominic Nitiwul on Facebook, confirming that the two at least had a certain relationship for which reason Mr Nitiwul, is not getting them punished.

"If all these cannot qualify for irregularities, if concealing weapons in the Engine of a car and that of the back of a Microwave cannot be described as smuggling for which Hon. Dominic Nitiwul sees nothing wrong, then it is unfortunate and such a person must not be allowed to be a Minister in Ghana. None of the Soldiers have been punished as he claimed," Durojaiy added.

"In a course of the operation, it was established Lt Col. Isaac Twum Ampofo, who had bought a second-hand car engines, concealed three Pistols, in the engine in the Sump and one Pistol in the back of a Microwave. Both of them admitted smuggling the weapons into the country. Summary of evidence and Pre-trial advised that the two should be Court Martial but all of them have been left-off-the-hook and are walking free," he said in his letter.

The private investigator, said he personally financed the investigation and so finds it disappointing that the persons indicted, have not been punished.

"It is interesting to note that these men are being protected from Court Martial."

"To the best of my knowledge, after investigation and summary of evidence, there was a pre-trial advice by the legal department of the Ghana Armed Forces dated March 2020 for the alleged culprits to be Court Martial but they have not been tried. It therefore cannot be true what the Minister-designate stated during his vetting that they have been punished. Interestingly, most of the armed robbers in Ghana before 2017 until they were arrested, had Bruni MOD 92 this is also verifiable."

''I also broke the GhanBatt arms smuggling ring that existed. Yearly, over a hundred guns and Pistols were being smuggled into the country. From 2018, I can say with all certainty that not a single weapon has been smuggled from Lebanon to Ghana because of the negotiation that took place in Lebanon''.

Below is the full petition to the Appointment Committee which has been copied to the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, Minority Leader, Harruna Iddrisu, the Presidency and the Speaker of Parliament.

16th February, 2021

The Chairman,

Parliament's Appointment Committee

Dear Sir,

Petition Against Defence–Minister Designate, Dominic Nitiwul

My name is Adegbule Ola Durojaiye a.k.a Kwame Danquah, I am a Ghanaian citizen resident in the United Kingdom (UK) and in Ghana.

I write to petition your able committee about certain inaccuracies and untruths the Minister – Designate for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, peddled during his vetting by the Appointment Committee on Thursday, February 12, 2021.

By virtue of my work as a Private Investigator, in 2017, a Lebanese Intelligence Officer gave me a tip that Soldiers who went on Peace Keeping operation in Lebanon were buying and smuggling in weapons in large quantities, and I passed this information on to the then-Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen (Rtd) William Ayamdo. Maj. General Ayamdo then tasked the then-Provost Marshal, Col. E.K. Commey and Lt. Col Francis Banerman to investigate, and asked me to assist them.

Swift investigations were carried out. Before I was brought in, the Military Police had gone to conduct a search in WO1 Awaya's (one of the accused) house but couldn't find anything and he had denied ever having a weapon. So when I came in, I went to his backyard, and followed the unused pipe through to where his cesspit was and lo and behold, we retrieved about 8 GUNS (Pistols and Shotguns and one machine gun from him. Then CO of the Military Police, Lt Col Francis Bannerman, Capt AKWEH, LT AMUZU, SGT MOSCOW and SGT DORSU were those who effected the arrest.

Interestingly, WO1 Awaya mentioned Sgt Yentumi' 2Recce's name as his accomplice. I assisted the military Police by fueling my own car and drove with two Military Police personnel to Sunyani to effect the arrest. Sgt Yentumi also brought us to Ashalley Botwe to his father's house to retrieve 3 SHOTGUNS and ONE PISTOL, and Yentumi also mentioned WO2 Dagadu's name, so the Military Police proceeded to Dagadu's house at 1BN in Michel Camp in Tema. WO2 Dagadu was arrested about 1am in Tema and he (WO2 Dagadu) mentioned PO Sena Kokuvi's name as an accomplice. Kokuvi and WO2 Dagadu led the Military Police to retrieve their pistols at Tema cemetery. The whole operation spanned for 48hours with the Military Police never sleeping during the period.

In the course of the investigation, WO1 Awaya also mentioned Sgt Adu Ofori from 37's name. Then Sgt Adu Ofori led the Military Police to retrieve one Pistol from his room and told the Military Police he had given two weapons for Awaya to sell. Awaya had sold Adu Ofori's weapons 2 SHOTGUNS to unknown persons and given the money to him. Adu Ofori also mentioned PO Paul Quainoo's name and the Military Police proceeded to Takoradi to effect his arrest but then he was in Tema doing a course so he was arrested in Tema and transported back to Takoradi to retrieve two SHOT Guns.

In a course of the operation, it was established Lt Col. Isaac Twum Ampofo, who had bought a second-hand car engines, concealed three Pistols, in the engine in the Sump and one Pistol in the back of a Microwave. Both of them admitted smuggling the weapons into the country.

Summary of evidence and Pre-trial advised that the two should be Court Martial but all of them have been left-off-the-hook and are walking free.

Let me just state for the records that I sponsored that operation with my own vehicle, and money and it didn't cost the Ghana Armed Forces one Pesewa. It is interesting to note that these men are being protected from Court Martial. To the best of my knowledge, after investigation and summary of evidence, there was a pre-trial advice by the legal department of the Ghana Armed Forces dated March 2020 for the alleged culprits to be Court Martial but they have not been tried. It therefore cannot be true what the Minister-designate stated during his vetting that they have been punished Interestingly, most of the armed robbers in Ghana before 2017 until they were arrested, had Bruni MOD 92 this is also verifiable.

In this world of terrorism, bombing and kidnaping, I had another tip that Ghana Armed Forces Military Accoutrement that were supposed to be destroyed were being sold to Lebanese National named Mohammed and the Defence Intelligence(DI), and Military Police attached to the GhanBatt in Lebanon wouldn't report to the higher authority in Ghana until my source in Lebanon informed me, which I informed the then Army Commander, Maj. Gen. William Ayamdo, who persuaded me to help the Military Police resolve what would have been a major embarrassment to Ghana as a country and the Ghana Armed Forces in the eye of the international community.

In the course of investigation, it was discovered that Lt. Col. Nkansah and Lt. Col Aaron Baba sold over 820 fragmenting jackets, 626 ballistic helmets, 650 Ghanbatt Shoulder Flash and Ghana Army Lanyard (710) and Rain Suit (4150 to the businessman. I persuaded them not to report us to the UN or anyone, hence investigations and meetings were conducted and I brought the feedback to Ghana. It cost me thousands of USD, including hotels, flights, transportation etc etc. I travelled with Military Police CO to Lebanon to take statements from suspects and witnesses to conclude his investigation. I footed the bill for the CO's flight from Accra to Lebanon and back and his per diem without involving the army.

To our surprise, Lt Col. Nkansah sent our photographs to Mohammed, the receiver of the items for us to be eliminated. (This can be traced in the report of the Military Police CO). Mr, Mohammed debunked Lt. Col. Nkansah's statement that he was going to destroy the things on behalf of the army and he said he, being a businessman, was going to sell the items. My source in Lebanon told me the items had gone into wrong hands in Lebanon, and Nkansah and Baba admitted that they gave the items to Mohammed gratis. See pictures attached:

Mohammed confirmed he gave the Minister-designate, Dominic Nitiwul, a Treadmill and CDS, Cooker (Audio and picture evidence are available at your request), which makes me suspect that, that may be the reason Lt. Col. Nkansah and Lt. Aaron Baba are still walking unpunished. So embarrassing was the situation that on December posted the picture of the CDS, Dominic Nitiwul and himself on his personal Facebook Timeline.

For those who may want to know what my interest is in all of these, my only interest for getting involved in all of these was because President Nana Akufo Addo, and the late ex. president Rawlings, asked Ghanaians in the diaspora to assist Ghana with their expertise.

I also broke the GhanBatt arms smuggling ring that existed. Yearly, over a hundred guns and Pistols were being smuggled into the country. From 2018, I can say with all certainty that not a single weapon has been smuggled from Lebanon to Ghana because of the negotiation that took place in Lebanon.

If all these cannot qualify for irregularities, if concealing weapons in the Engine of a car and that of the back of a Microwave cannot be described as smuggling for which Hon. Dominic Nitiwul sees nothing wrong, then it is unfortunate and such a person must not be allowed to be a Minister in Ghana. None of the Soldiers have been punished as he claimed.

Kindly find attached the Report on the Weapons and also of the Boarded Stores

Sincerely Yours

……………….

Adegbule Ola Durojaiye

CC:

Majority Leader, Honourable Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu,

Minority Leader, Honourable Harruna Iddrisu

The Presidency,

The Speaker of Parliament

Source: www.theheraldghana.com