The Ministry of National Security has debunked the allegation of phone cloning purported by one of the conveners of #FixtheCountry movement, Oliver Barker-Vormawor.
In a communiqué dated May 9, the Information Minister emphatically stated that the National Security operatives have no interest in monitoring the affairs of the said group, therefore, have no basis for cloning anyone’s phone.
According to Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the group were invited by the ministry and as protocol demands, all phones of visitors are kept at the reception of the Ministry.
He further added that the phones of the conveners were not tampered with as being purported.
Mr Nkrumah noted that in instances where the Agencies of the Ministry have the need to investigate the electronic devices of a person, “legal methods such as a proper court warrant are employed. The phone cloning allegation is therefore false and baseless.”
The communiqué comes on the back of the allegation made by Mr Barker-Vormawor stating that the National Security operatives are monitoring the phone records of one of the prospective protesters.
This suspicion, he said, was triggered when the group were ‘tricked’ into a meeting with sector ministers – instead of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) as they were earlier told – to discuss their planned demonstration.
The only Android phone members of the movement had on them at the National Security Ministry according to Mr Vormawor, was cloned as calls to that particular phone number was being diverted to an unknown number registered by the name ‘Monitoring.’
Reacting to that the Ofoase-Ayirebi MP refuted the assertion that the ministry lured the convenors into a meeting.
He said, “the conveners were invited to a meeting to which they voluntarily attended. The allegation that they were coerced into a meeting is, therefore, untrue.”
Mr Oppong Nkrumah further asked the general public to disregard the said allegation.
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