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Aning: Revise security for political leaders

Ghana needs to review the provision of security for various political party leaders, especially those in opposition, to prevent an escalation that could threaten the security of the state and individuals, security analyst at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre, Dr Kwesi Aning has suggested.

According to him there was a need to create trust between political leaders and the statutory security personnel of the state.

He is calling for a national debate to fashion out a plan to provide adequate protection for the leaders by the nation’s security services, to prevent the use of private security, which could be detrimental to national security.

“We need a national conversation around this on how to provide professional services by the statutory security forces to all political parties and political leaders, so that there is no need to create alternative forces,” Dr Aning explained in an interview with Class News.

Dr Aning further explained that “until we build that trust, this will continue to escalate until one day somebody will hijack these forces and use them to threaten both the authority of the state and the security of ordinary individuals”.

He cautioned the public and the media to desist from drawing unsubstantiated conclusions in the wake of the arrest of some three ex-security officers alleged to be training some 15 individuals in Ghana.

He also cautioned against politicisation of the issue and pleaded for space for authorities to conduct thorough investigations to inform a proper line of action.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director of Communications of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Perry Okudzeto, has indicated that the three former South African police officers in the grips of Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) were engaged by the NPP to train some party members to control crowds around the flagbearer of the party.

The three retired South African police officers were picked up at Agona Duakwa in the Central Region for allegedly engaging in activities that threaten the nation’s security.

The three – Major Ahmed Shaik (retd), 54, Warrant Officer Denver Dwahye, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45 – were picked up at the El-Capitano Hotel where they had been based since arriving in the country early this month.

They were said to be training some fifteen young people in various security drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques, and rapid response manoeuvres.

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