I did not fire shots during by-election violence – ‘Double’

The National Security operative, Bright Ernest Akomeah – also known as ‘Double’, – has denied firing gunshots at the residence of the NDC’s Parliamentary aspirant during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

This contradicts claims by Ningo-Prampram MP, Samuel George who said he witnessed Double firing a number of shots during the violence that characterised the elections on January, 31.

Mr George had said he observed the indiscriminate firing of gunshots from the masked National Security operatives, including him [Double].

“I saw these armed men, a number of them, pulled out their side weapons, point in the crowd; the crowd had started dispersing as soon as the first shot was fired, but this time point, I saw them point directly in the crowd, the direction of the crowd and fire.

“I saw Double, also point his AK47 and attempt to fire, the gun jammed, I saw him clear his chamber, reload the gun and fired several rounds from his AK47,” Mr George said.

However, in his testimony at the Emile Short Commission, Double said the MP was not truthful in his account.

He denied firing any shots, although he confessed to wielding a gun at the scene.

Double, who spoke through a translator (Jennifer Gasu) said, he provided cover for the MP when the firing and stoning were going on close to the residence of the NDC candidate, Delali Kwesi Brempong.

Member of Invincible Forces?

Double also denied claims that he was a member of the pro-NPP militia group, Invincible Forces and had subsequently been recruited into National Security when the Akufo-Addo-led administration took office.

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He told the Commission that until he got a job at National Security, he was a mobile phone dealer at the popular mobile phone hub around the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.

Once he was admitted into National Security, however, he was posted to the VIP Lounge of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), where he was until January 31, when he was ordered to join a patrol team to the La Bawaleshie during the by-elections.

He, therefore, has no knowledge of who the Invincible Forces or Delta Forces were, he said through a translator who is also a lawyer.