Bomb Plot: Im Not Afraid; God In Control Okrah

Deputy Ashanti regional minister Andy Osei Okrah has said he is doing fine days after two bombs were discovered at his residence in Kumasi, the regional capital and later defused by experts.

“We are alive and kicking. I’m OK. We are not afraid of anything. God is control. I’m fine,” Mr Okrah told Prince Minkah on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Thursday, 3 November.

Mr Okrah later told Chief Jerry Forson on Accra100.5FM’s breakfast show Ghana Yensom on the same day that it is unclear whether he was the target or the near-by national security installation with which he shares walls with.

He said the “improvised explosive devices” were put made using substances and objects that are easily available in Ghana, adding that they were meant to kill, injure and destroy properties. Mr Okrah said the incident has “not affected my job as a deputy minister or the party’s campaign exercise in the region. We are focused, determined and we know God is on our side.”

The explosive devices discovered on Tuesday were thrown into the minister’s residence by some unknown persons who made their getaway on a motorbike, Ashanti regional Minister Alexander Ackon said on the day of the incident.

Asked if he suspected foul play, Mr Ackon said: “Obviously you don’t need a conclusion to say that there’s huge foul play just that you don’t want me to go into the political domain because that is not where we are looking immediately at. But the reality of the situation is that it has happened.”

According to Adehye FM’s reporter Mununkum Owoahene Addai, personnel of the anti-terrorism unit of the Ashanti regional police command stormed the Deputy Minister’s house and scouted the area to ensure that all explosives, if any, were defused.

The discovery of the explosive compelled the Regional Security Council to hold an emergency meeting.