Ghana halts 'elaborate plot to destabilise country'
Ghanaian security forces have arrested and are questioning three alleged coup plotters after their plans to target the presidency were foiled.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Ghana's government said the plot had "the ultimate aim of destabilising the country".
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Military personnel were involved in obtaining weapons, the statement said.
According to the government, the group were aiming to recruit and radicalise a base of young people.
A stash of weapons and ammunition was found following 15 months of surveillance.
This included six pistols, three smoke grenades, 22 IEDs, two AK47 magazines and one long knife.
Computer equipment, a voice recorder and a Ghanaian passport were also among the list of items seized.
Security analysts have downplayed the claims of a coup plot, saying the group lacked the weapons and mass movement required.
The government statement said the three men arrested, named as Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, Ezor Kafui and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu, had set up a group targeting young people.
Known as Take Action Ghana (TAG), the aim was to mobilise the youth for "nation-building".
But this was a guise for their intention to "build a support base of youth, and radicalise them against the political authority in Ghana".
The alleged coup plotters, one of whom is a doctor, had started procuring weapons and improvised explosive devices.
The statement said they procured some chemicals that were to be used to concoct weapons from a hospital.
The government has also accused military personnel of plotting to obtain weapons.
The BBC's Favour Nunoo in the capital, Accra, said that although there is a lot of dissatisfaction in Ghana at the moment, this alleged plot still comes as a surprise.
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