The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused the security agencies in the country of bias in its handling of issues relating to government and that of the party.
The NPP’s observation follows the arrest of three South African nationals by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) on Tuesday March 22.
The trio, all ex-police officers, were nabbed at the El Capitano hotel in the Central Region where they are alleged to be engaging in acts that threaten national security.
The men, who have been linked to NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo, are reported to be training 15 young men in various military drills including unarmed combat and weapon handling.
The NPP has, however, defended its decision to bring in foreign security experts to train their private security detail. At a news conference in Accra Wednesday March 23, the party accused the country’s security apparatus of bias.
“Things that happen to the New Patriotic Party are not considered by the security as something that needs to be dealt with and the finality reached. We were here in this country when at dawn, the headquarters of our party was raided…security people, police, people in military uniforms and all that, and as we speak now, I don’t know whether you are aware of what investigation the police or national security has done, so far,” John Boadu, acting General Secretary of the party, said.
“Our Member of Parliament was killed and as we speak now… the person, who managed to climb the walls of this Member of Parliament and killed him in cold blood….nobody, we have not been informed about what is going on.
“We are in this country where NDC members on radio station…there is this Owusu guy who threatened that they are sharpening cutlasses to attack the New Patriotic Party in the Ashanti Region and nobody has heard anything, no comment from National Security.
“Just recently, [on] radio station Montie FM, the host of the programme – I thought that hosts were supposed to be mediators of programmes – he said, and I think National Security and BNI, who decide to be partisan and leak information to rented press, heard him that Nana Addo was going to die by June.
“Before these things are happening in the country, I think that any serious country will [not] sit down idle without … protecting itself. It is for this reason that we sought the expertise through a private security organisation to whip up the security and the bodyguards of these topmost personalities of our party.
“We have been engaging security people in this country…we just inaugurated our regional campaign teams. As part of our campaign, there are regional security teams, which are manned by our ex-service people…if you remember, recently, some police people have decided to withdraw from the service to work for the party.
“One will remember one Asem Darkeh was arrested by the police, and National Security decided to rather break the news to government functionaries, and, as per our information, they were coaching the man and the target was obviously Nana Akufo-Addo. I don’t think we can run this country with such a biased security system.”