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Former Lands and Natural Resources Minister in the NDC regime, Nii Osah Mills, has expressed shock over the secret surveillance device that was found in the office of his successor, Peter John Amewu.

Former Lands and Natural Resources Minister in the NDC regime, Nii Osah Mills, has expressed shock over the secret surveillance device that was found in the office of his successor, Peter John Amewu.

 

Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, the man he took over from as Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in the same NDC government, has claimed ownership of the device that was found in the office of the current Minister on Monday by the National Security.

According to him, one Haruna gave the gadget to him when he was the Minister to aid him monitor what went on in his office during his absence.

Mr Fuseini has claimed the device was never functional since it was not installed fully, and so anxiety about spying on his successors was unnecessary.

But, Prof Osah Mills has described as strange the action of his predecessor, having installed a bug in public office, adding that he now feels he was naked for the number of years he served in that office.

“I am surprised, absolutely; if you were in my shoes you would be, too. This is not something we expected, especially when someone, a colleague, planted it, which is very strange. I used to work the whole day, sometime closed at 9pm or 10pm and certainly I feel almost naked in a sense,” he lamented in a radio interview.

Prof Osah Mills further described as unfair the failure of his predecessor, who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, to inform him about the audiovisual recording.

“I ought to have been told and have it removed. I do not think it was fair that a former minister, a colleague will plant a device and not inform me, whether it was working or not, that is not the question,” he stated.

He stressed that he was unaware that there was something like that and only “heard about it in the news.”

The propriety of a public officer accepting a security device and installing, or causing it to be installed, in his office is also being questioned.

The Bureau of National Investigations is investigating the incident. The National Security has explained that the surveillance device, which is able to pick low volume sounds about 30 metres away, had a data storage unit and a transmitting unit.

When asked whether the device could have been hidden in the building before he officially assumed office, Mr Amewu said “it is possible but National Security is investigating.”

On the other hand, Peter John Amewu suspected that somebody was trying to be mischievous and playing smart of which subsequent reports that have emerged has also suggested same.