June 26, 2019

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‘Ghana has a political not security problem’ – Bryan Acheampong

‘Ghana has a political not security problem’ – Bryan Acheampong File photo: Bryan Acheampong

The Minister of State-in-charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong has insisted that Ghana doesn’t have a security problem but a political problem.

According to him, the politicization of security issues ends up painting seemingly minor issues as if they were major security threats.

“We don’t have a security situation in this country, we have a political problem. That is the problem we have. And everybody tries to politicize any minor or major security issues. When we are supposed to deal with crime as crime, we take a political stand,” Mr. Acheampong argued on the Citi Breakfast Show on Thursday.

Mr. Acheampong made the remark on the back of concerns raised by members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) over the invitation of their National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo by the Police.

Ofosu Ampofo is being investigated over the recent kidnapping and arson cases in the country.

His woes begun when he was heard in a leaked audio allegedly inciting members of his party to descend on some personalities in the country. There was also mention of kidnappings in the said leaked audio.

But members of the NDC believe government is unnecessarily hounding their national chairman.

Many Ghanaians rejected Nigerian suspects’ offer to kidnap people 

Bryan Achampong on the Citi Breakfast Show said the Nigerian suspects arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two Canadian women in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, tried recruiting some Ghanaians to help them carry out such crimes in the country.

He said many of the Ghanaians who were approached by the Nigerians rejected the offer.

“When the Nigerians first came to Ghana, from Aflao, they made contacts with some people trying to recruit them. They went to Ashaiman trying to recruit them. In Kumasi, they made several local contacts, trying to recruit them. A lot of these people rejected the offer… Because what was being introduced to them was completely alien,” he said.

Australian, British governments caution citizens

Both the British and Australian government have already cautioned their nationals in Ghana of a possible terror attack and cautioned them to be alert and vigilant

This comes amid the increased threat of terror attacks on churches in the sub-region.

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