Terror Alert NPP's argument for SA ex-cops 'absolutely rubbish' - Dr. Anning

The NPP explained that the three were only in Ghana to train security guards for the New Patriotic Party’s presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, and his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and that they posed no threat.

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Security analyst, Dr Kwesi Aning

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The Director of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center, Dr. Kwesi Anning has questioned the basis upon which the New Patriotic Party enlisted three South African ex-police officers to train its party’s security.

The three, 54-year-old Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (Rtd.), 39-year–old WO/ Denver Dwayhe Naidu (Rtd.) and 45-year-old Captain Mlungiseleli Jokani (Rtd.) were arrested on Sunday March 20, 2016 at El Capitano Hotel in Agona Duakwa in the Central Region.

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A Bureau of National Investigations document said “The trio, all ex-police officers were engaged in training fifteen young men in various military drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response maneuvers.”

The NPP explained that the three were only in Ghana to train security guards for the New Patriotic Party’s presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, and his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and that they posed no threat.

But Dr. Anning said the argument by the NPP is “absolutely rubbish.”

“Being popular doesn’t meant that you are under threat. What about the 27 million people in this country? Does the interest of one particular individual triumph over the interest of 27 million people? I listened to Dr. Amoako Tuffuor last night claiming that this is good for national security because the trained people will support national security. Who told him that and who’s security is Amoako Tuffuor talking about?,” Dr. Anin asked on Accra-based Citi FM.

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Dr. Kwesi Anning added that "the BNI has a remit under the law to protect the national interest and any such of activities that threaten or undermine the national interest it is their responsibility to bring it under control. So the BNI has done what is right.”

Meanwhile, Officials of the South African High Commission have concluded their first round of investigations of the three South African police officers arrested for allegedly training a group of young men on weapon handling among others.

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