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Military escort for Jean Mensa does not infringe on any law in Ghana – GISAC



Executive Director, Global Intelligence And Security Analysis Center (GISAC) Samuel Nana Appiah Owusu

I have read with keen interest and analytical view about the issues of why there must be military escort for the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission. Many has raised concerns and made subsequent suggestions that why not the police be made to provide personal protection for the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, those suggestions are all good, as per the laws and as prescribed by the constitution of Ghana it is the duty of the Ghana Police Service to protect lives and property, it is therefore right for anyone to suggest and call for police protection for the Chairperson.

I must state it clear that , the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Mrs. Jean Mensa has a police officer who provide personal protection (Bodyguard) for her in 24/7hrs.
The state has a statutory duty to provide her with adequate security at every level, home, office, and other places.
In doing so at any point in time, when there appears to be an increase threat to her person and her family, the state has the duty to ensure that she and her family are adequately protected per the tenets of the laws of the country.
The Electoral Commission Chairperson by status can be equated to the rank of a higher court judge as a senior adjudicator.



It is a notorious fact that the life of the Electoral Commission Chairperson was put under threat by section of certain people in the country especially from the NDC National Chairman, Mr Ofosu Ampofo, who was heard on a recorded tape leaked from a supposed meeting he held with his party (NDC) communicators where he threatened to kidnap the EC Chairperson and her family members.
We have heard also the kind of verbal attack to her person from certain conners and people from the NDC.
Prior to her commencement of duty in preparation of a new voters register , certain individuals made it a duty to issue all manner of threats to the entire commissioners of the Electoral Commission.

It will be so preposterous for anyone to suggest that adequate security should not be provided for the Chairperson.
The Inspector General of Police and the Chief of Defense Staff both know by duty and laws as prescribed by the constitution of the country, whose duty it is to provide personal protection for any VIP in the country.

For anyone to think or suggest that the IGP and the CDS does not know what their duties are, is very wrong and mischievous. No citizens knows the duty of IGP and the CDS more than they both know with not less than over three decades of long service in their respective fields.
I must emphasize that there have been several instances where both police and military are assigned to perform certain duties in ensuring that adequate and systematic operational arrangements and targets are sufficiently and successfully implemented.
In such instances the overall aim and objective is to ensure that safety and security as required is provided.

The laws mandates the commanders of both institutions to collaborate in operations aimed at achieving a common goal.
There is therefore nothing and absolutely nothing wrong with military personnel present around the Supreme Court premises or the Electoral Commission office premises to augment the strength of the police to provide security as a national assignment.
In fact both the First and Second Lady have Military personnel stationed at their respective offices as a national assignment or duty in collaboration with the police to provide security and there is no such laws which prevent same.

Police intelligence and military intelligence always aims at same objective which is to ensure that preventive measures are always put in place to forestall any form of security breaches.

In a situation where a national chairman is heard on a tape to have issued a ton of threats to the Chairperson, and has gone ahead explaining their modus both covert and overt to ensure that he and his would-be accomplices achieve their targets, I don’t want to assume that the state will treat such strong worded and well explained and calculated mode of operations by the criminals with kids-glove.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with military and police providing security and personal protection for a VIP such as the chairpersons of the electoral commission whose life has been put under threat by an aggrieved political party such as NDC whose flag bearer Mr John Dramani Mahama , told the world that, when it comes to violence no one can beat them to it. We must not take the threats by overt and covert modus lightly.

At any point in time when necessary, the Commander In Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces reserves the right and absolute authority to command the military to provide personal protection for any citizen whose life is in excessive danger in their palaces.

Samuel Nana Appiah Owusu
Executive Director,
Global Intelligence And Security Analysis Center (GISAC)


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I’ve recently been defrauded to the tune of $7 million – Kennedy Agyapong laments



Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong, has disclosed that he has landed in a botched business that has seen him swindled to the tune of US$7 million by a young man.

According to him, in the line of business, no matter how shrewd a person is; losses and other challenges can pop up but that it was how a person handles it that determines how good a businessperson they are.

GhanaWeb monitored comments Agyapong made on Net2 TV’s ‘The Attitude’ show on August 20 where he revealed that the ‘fraudsters’ who are messing with him will soon know who they are up against.

“Even for me, things are not so smooth for me as you think. I told you last week that I have bought machines worth 7 million dollars for some young boys, they have swindled me, they are still on it, they haven’t changed.

“Their time will come, my message is that when I was advancing them the money to buy the canon machines, if that was all I had, I wouldn’t have given them that money. So I will eat, what pains me is that a 39-year-old boy will swindle me, a 61-year-old man.”

According to him, now that he is plotting to hit back at the fraudsters, “people are begging, people are still begging. People I respect are begging, you see why Ghana is not progressing?” he quizzed.

He vowed to go after the boys and to collapse their business, a fight back that he said he had started by cutting their sources of supply and business.

Agyapong, however, remains undaunted by the incident, stressing that he will continue to run his businesses and to make investments because that was a sign of a businessman who understands the ups and downs that come with the trade.

“I will not let them demoralize me…. I’m still investing. I am business-wise already but I have grown wiser. If you see a Ghanaian dying, let him die…. Nana Boadu (he gave the names of one of the boys) will not know what is coming upon him.

“But I will not let those boys collapse me, they are very evil, I know of two but I am told they are three… I will retrieve every pesewa of mine from those small boys, they will never swindle me this badly.

“I will take action and I don’t care, because I will not let him take me for granted ever. I usually pass my hand over my head. My head is boiling because I am so pained that the boys have been able to swindle me that bad,” he lamented.

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Chaos: Agbogbloshie scrap dealers fires shots at police over de-congestion exercise –



The scrap dealers at Agbogbloshie in Accra are resisting the decongestion exercise by the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council.

The scrap dealers and onion traders at Agbogbloshie are being relocated to Adjen Kotoku to help free the congestion in the central business district of Accra as part of the agenda “Make Accra work again” initiated by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Henry Quartey.

Graphic Online’s reporter Joshua Bediako Koomson who is with the team undertaking the exercise reports that the de-congestion exercise started Thursday morning was moving smoothly until the team arrived at the scrap dealers section.

The dealers set used vehicle tyres ablaze in protest against their removal from the spot.

According to our reporter Joshua Bediako, “They are firing shots and throwing stones at the security personnel.”

“They also started burning tyres”, he added.

He said the exercise aimed at removing onion traders and scrap dealers to Adjen Kotoku was peaceful until they reached the scrapyard.

The scrap dealers argued that they were not served any notice to vacate the place.

“So the military had to intervene by firing warning shots to disperse them,” he added.

Source: graphiconline

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Calm down and support Prez. Akkufo Addo – Nana B to Ejura Youth –




The National Youth wing of the New Patriotic Party has learned with profound concern reports of the alleged murder of Ibrahim Mohammed aka Kaaka and the unfortunate death of two protesters in Ejura in the Ashanti Region.

At the outset, we condemn in no uncertain terms the alleged mob attack that led to the untimely death of Kaaka and also the use of disproportionate force by the joint security force against the rampaging youth in Ejura.

We sincerely sympathize with the families of the deceased and pray that the good Lord comfort and strengthen them in the difficult times they find themselves.

As agonizing and regrettable as the death of these three individuals are, the Youth wing, in all humility, appeals to the youth in Ejura to calm down and tread a path that engenders peace, love and unity to honor the memories of the dead.

As youth we hold the key to the future of our great nation and we cannot jeopardize this great task by resorting to instant retaliation and violence which threatens the peaceful coexistence in our country.

We welcome and support the directive from H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the Minister of Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, MP, to immediately conduct Public Inquiry into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate occurrences on Tuesday, 29th June, 2021.

Again, we add on to the numerous calls on the Police to expedite investigations into the unfortunate death of Kaaka and serve justice to him and the bereaved family by bringing the perpetrators to book.

That said, It is deeply worrying that the opposition NDC seeks to use these very unfortunate and tragic occurrences as an opportunity to undermine the peace and progress we have collectively attained in almost 30 years of our democracy, admired and spoken about in the Sub-Region.

As citizens of Ghana and as Youth, it is our duty to denounce and condemn such statements which rather weakens our strength as a nation in fighting atrocious acts.

We must take up the call for social justice in an appropriate manner which ensures that all are protected and we contribute in the collective effort to support the peace process.

Once again, we solemnly commiserate with the families, friends and loved ones of the deceased and wish the injured a speedy recovery.

Thank you

Henry Nana Boakye
(National Youth Organizer, NPP)


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