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NPP condemns BNI’s continued detention of three South Africans

Leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned the continued questioning and detention of the three South African ex-police officers who are in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

According to the party, the Constitution of Ghana clearly spells out the number of hours persons are expected to be detained for interrogations adding that the men should not be denied that right.

At a news conference addressed by the acting General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, the party disclosed that it has been monitoring the manner the three men are being questioned adding it will act at the appropriate time.

The three men, Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (Rtd.) 54, WO/Denver Dwayhe Naidu (Rtd.) 39, and Captain Mlungiseleli Jokani (Rtd.) 45 were picked up at the El Capitano Hotel at Agona Duakwa Sunday, March 20 by BNI officials in the Agona East of the Central region.

According to a BNI document sent to JOYNEWS, “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”.

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On March 23, officials of the South African High Commission interrogated the three South African ex-police officers who are in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) after they were granted permission by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sources close to JOYNEWS have disclosed that information gathered from the questioning has been sent to South African national security agency in Pretoria to establish the citizenship status of the three men.

However, Mr Boadu said the NPP will seek the safety and protection of the men and would ensure that they are not maltreated by the BNI.

Mr Boadu said the leadership of the NPP is surprised the way the name of its flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo “sends some shivers down the spine of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC)”.

Police refute NPP’s claim 

Meanwhile, Superintendent Cefas Arthur has refuted the claim of the NPP alleging the State does not provide protection for its flagbearer.

He said as part of activities of the national security task force set up in 2012, the Ghana Police Service provided security for all the flag bearers during the general elections and that the NPP’s claim is false.

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“We offered protection for all the flag bearers and their running mates” he said.

Mr Arthur said the Service is putting in place similar measures to ensure that the November polls is conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.