The gunman who said he had wanted to assassinate President John Mahama has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
The suspect, Charles Antwi was arrested last Sunday for wielding a loaded and cocked pistol at the Ringway Gospel Centre branch of the Assemblies of God Church in Accra where President Mahama worships.
The 36-old-man according to the charge sheet was “fidgety” and looked “suspicious.”
“A witness in this case who was also in the church spotted the accused, and when a search was conducted on him, a locally made pistol and two rounds of ammunition were found on him,” the charge sheet stated adding that Charles Antwi “admitted ownership of the gun and said that he bought it from a national of Burkina Faso in Nkoranza in the Brong Ahafo Region.”
Charles Antwi had told the court presided over by Justice Francis Obiri that becoming president is his birth right hence his resolve “to kill president Mahama.”
He said he was destined to “be sworn in as president when president John Evans Atta Mills died.”
He further insisted that “trying to kill the president was a way of fighting for the nation” explaining that the “nation’s current electoral system is not helping to improve its democracy.”