The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu constituency, Okudzeto Ablakwa, has revealed that he will make a strong case for an independent inquiry into the explosion at Apiate-Bogoso because he is not convinced that internal government investigations are the way to go.
Okudzeto Ablakwa made this statement on 'ALHAJI & ALHAJI' on Pan Africa television this morning, 22nd January 2022, when he gave his opinion on the explosion at Apiate-Bogoso.
According to Okudzeto Ablakwa, there are provisions in the law as to how such very dangerous chemicals should be transported in Ghana, and it does appear that that wasn't followed.
Okudzeto Ablakwa indicated that what we are being told is that one poorly equipped Police dispatch rider was leading the truck through a major town, but that is not what is provided in the law.
"Imagine if this wasn't an explosion but some terrorist group rounding up and dealing with that one police escort, and then taking possession of this quantum of explosives, imagine what they could do with it and what will happen to our country?"
So, he does not expect an official to take this matter lightly and see it as just some explosion.
"I will make a strong case for an independent inquiry into this matter. I am not convinced that some incestuous internal government investigations is the way to go. Somebody has not done his work well, and we are being told that they are investigating themselves, let's stop the joke."
Okudzeto Ablakwa revealed that the international community expects to hear that an independent inquiry has been commissioned to investigate this matter, and the people of this country also expect that an independent inquiry will be made to look into the circumstances that led to the explosion at Apiate-Bogoso.
Okudzeto Ablakwa added that the explosion at Apiate-Bogoso has security implications for our national security. There are regional and sub-regional security implications too because we are now exposed, and terrorists monitoring the international news space will see that ammonium nitrate is being moved freely in Ghana which can lead to these explosions.
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