National Security Ministry withdraws four officers involved in Citi News’ Journalist assault

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The National Security Ministry have based on a committee report withdrawn its Director of Operations, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Agyeman, and three other police officers attached to the Ministry for breaching standard operating procedures in the arrest of Citi FM’s Caleb Kudah.

In  a statement issued on Friday, May 21, 2021 and signed by the National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah, noted that an investigative committee was set up to investigate the arrest of Citi News’ Journalist Caleb Kudah on May 11, 2021.

The committee’s investigation established that the procedure of arrest was inappropriate and contravene the Ministry’s standard procedure.

“The Committee established that the conduct of Lieutenant Colonel Frank Agyeman (Director of Operations) and some police officers at the Ministry on the said day was inappropriate and contravened the Ministry’s standard operating procedures” the statement noted.

It further directed that the secondment of Lieutenant Colonel Frank Agyeman at the Ministry has been reserved, with the officer expected to report to the Chief of Defence Staff for further investigation, while three other police officers involved in the arrest have been withdrawn from the outfit and asked to report to the Ghana Police Service for further investigation.

“The secondment of Lieutenant Colonel Frank Agyeman (Director of Operations) at the Ministry has been reversed. The officer is to report to the Chief of Defence for further investigations and appropriate action. The three (3) Police Officers involved have been withdrawn and are to report to the Ghana Police Service for investigation and disciplinary action.”

Mr. Kudah’s entry into the ministry’s premises was also described as unlawful in the two page statement.

Background

Operatives from the National Security Ministry on May 11, 2021, arrested Caleb Kudah for filming abandoned MASLOC vehicles parked at the premises of the Ministry and later stormed the premises of Citi FM and TV to arrest another Journalist Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo who received footages of the abandoned vehicles from Caleb via WhatsApp.

A cross section of the pubic including civil society groups and media associations have condemned the act of the national security operatives and called for institutional reforms at the National Security Ministry after Caleb Kudah revealed in a “Point of View” Interview on how he was physically assaulted.

Source: Alexander Bombande/ Maxxempireonline.com

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