Failed assassination BNI knew my brother was mentally ill - gunman's brother

Charles Antwi has been jailed 10 years by an Accra circuit court after he was arrested at the church attended by president John Dramani Mahama

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The 36-year-old Charles Antwi was sentenced 10-years in prison in July 2015 after confessing that he had wanted to kill President Mahama at his church. play

The 36-year-old Charles Antwi was sentenced 10-years in prison in July 2015 after confessing that he had wanted to kill President Mahama at his church.

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A brother of the 36-year-old man, Charles Antwi convicted of possessing a gun without licence has revealed that officials of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) had information that his brother was mentally unsound.

According to Kwame Opoku, on Monday, he led the BNI officials to the Tafo Government Hospital where his brother, Charles Antwi, was treated and discharged of the mental condition.

According to report by Graphiconline, Opoku said in an interview on Joy FM that, he in the company of the BNI officials also went to his hometown in Dadeaso in the Western Region to ascertain the state of mind of his brother.

He said they also visited the Santase taxi rank where Antwi worked as a taxi driver and his colleagues also confirmed that his brother was mentally unstable.

Meanwhile, the mother of Charles Antwi, also confirmed that his son is mentally ill.

Speaking to Accra-based Joy FM, Madam Afia Agyapongmaa said Antwi had a mental problem for two years now.

She said at a point, he made reference to killing the President, but she did not take it seriously because of his poor mental state.

Madam Agyapongmaa said there had been attempts to seek help for Antwi at a prayer camp.

“It comes and goes”, she said of her son’s alleged mental illness, adding that she was surprised that her son was handed a 10-year jail term despite indications that he was mentally unstable.

Antwi was arrested on Sunday at the Ringway Gospel Centre branch of the Assemblies of God Church where the President John Mahama and his family worship regularly.

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