He said that the device was given to him by one Haruna as a gift in his early days as Lands and Natural Resources Minister.
He said that the device was given to him by one Haruna as a gift in his early days as Lands and Natural Resources Minister and that he ordered its installation subsequently to enable him to monitor what went on in his office at the time.
According to him, the hue and cry over the incident was not necessary as the device was not even fully installed.
“It was not working. The installation was not completed,” he told Accra-based Starr FM.
The device was planted in the huge Coat of Arms plaque hanging in the far left corner of the Minister’s office.
The device included a camera, a storage unit and another device suspected to be a transmitter.
It was neatly housed in a black metal box and used batteries.
The Minister, who has waged war against illegal mining in the country, had earlier said that he was surprised but does not suspect anyone.
“I have no suspicions but I think that somebody is trying to be very mischievous and attempts to derive or gain personal interest. I don’t know what might trigger people to do that,” he told Accra-based Joy FM.