The Ministry of National Security says soldiers are not supposed to form part of the security detail for the Speaker of Parliament.
In a statement to clarify the withdrawal of four soldiers attached to the Office of the Speaker of Parliament by the Military High Command, the National Security Ministry said “personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces do not form part of the security detail for the Speaker and Parliament as parliamentary security support is provided by the Ghana Police Service.
Any need for specific agency support is typically executed on a need-basis in accordance with stated protocols.”
“The Ministry of National Security would like to place on record that, contrary to the aforesaid misinterpretation, all requisite resources including logistics and personnel required for the full protection of the Speaker have been provided.”
The withdrawal of the four soldiers has not gone down well with the office of the speaker, which sees this an attempt to strip Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin of security protection.
It says in its reaction that; “In a country that takes pride in its democratic institutions and processes, the decision to reduce the number of security personnel assigned to the Speaker detracts from the political gains that Ghana has made, and it’s a bad precedent.
The unknown reason for such a move is puzzling, but the real motive should be obvious to all objective observers of the political scene in Ghana.”
A letter signed by the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Major General N. P. Andoh and addressed to the speaker of parliament on the withdrawal of the four military personnel stated that the four officers were attached without proper procedure and therefore the need to recall them to ensure that things were done properly.
The names of the four officers were given as Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Jafaru Bunwura, Warrant Officer Class Two (WOII) Apugiba Awine David, Staff Sergeant (S/Sgt) Agbley Prosper and Sergeant (Sgt.) Bonney Prince.
The letter gave the effective date of the withdrawal of the four soldiers as Friday, January 14, 2022.
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