Private legal practitioner, Kofi Abotsi, has expressed concern over a permit granted to a private firm to import a large cache of arms into the country.
Mr Abotsi said on Newsfile on Saturday that, although the importation of the weapons is backed by law, the presence of the weapons poses a security threat.
“The fundamental issue to consider is what are the pragmatic considerations [for allowing the importation of the guns],” he demanded.
The weapons include short guns, pump action with a magazine, pump action without a magazine, automatic pistol grip and pact pump action. The total number of weapons was estimated at about 1,575 short guns and pump actions.
Ghana may be creating a mini-militia if the weapons find their way into private hands, he feared.
He said, considering that the police are not well-resourced, state authorities “may be creating an organised force that may challenge the main police force.”
The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) last week refuted claims that a container load of sophisticated guns including AK 47 assault rifles, arrived at the Tema Port.
Head of Preventive of the Customs Division of the GRA, Joseph Oppong Aboagye, assured the public that no such weapons had been imported into the country.
This was made known at the Old State Warehouse, Tema Main Harbour after an inspection was carried out on a container to determine whether it indeed contained those weapons as was speculated.