Although it is unnecessary for the New Patriotic Party to employ the services of the three arrested South African retired officers to train their security persons, government is to blame for the mistrust in the security institutions by the opposition, security analyst Ibrahim Irbard has said.
According to him, the reason for the NPP to ''import'' the retired officers is because they have cast doubt on national security which is meant to protect every citizen irrespective of their political affiliations.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem whether there is any justification for the opposition NPP to bring in the South African trainers, he said the action is irresponsible and a threat to national security.
However he was of the opinion that, the state security is now politically polarized with government suspected to be taking over the state security at its advantage.
He maintained, majority of the top security apparatus of this country appointed by the government in power also creates anxiety and mistrust especially among the opposition because they feel the appointees may not be fair and transparent since they hold an allegiance to they paymasters.
He also chastised the NPP for engaging in acts that is dire to our peace and stability because they claim of training the 15 security guards of the presidential candidate and his running mate.
He opined that, the action could easily lead to civil war and further train a parallel group that may pose a possible threat to our military forces.
Ibrahim Irbard said, the action should not be encouraged since it is affront to peace and security.
He added, the explanation by the NPP that they are training their guards to enhance their skills is ridiculous.
The three South African retired officers, – Major Ahmed Shaik (retd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwahye, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45 – were picked up at the EL-Capitano Hotel where they had been based since arriving in the country early this month.
Their activities according to the BNI posses serious threat to national security.
They were training some young people in various security drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response manoeuvres, at the time of their arrest.
As part of efforts to ensure an accident free this Easter season, your multiple award winning International Local Radio Station, Rainbow Radio is embarking on a roadshow campaign dubbed ''Rainbow Radio In Your Bus''.
The campaign is geared towards encouraging motorists to adopt good driving attitudes to reduce or if possible eradicate accidents on our roads this season as Ghanaians mark the crucifixion and resurrection of the saviour Lord Jesus.
Rainbow Radio believes that, it is better to be safe than to be sorry hence the need for drivers to adopt measures that will prevent accidents by taking all the precautions they can.
Whiles the campaign is aimed to raising awareness for road safety, drivers will win amazing prizes from Rainbow Radio when our award winning presenters and staff join them on board with the dial locked onto Rainbow Radio 87.5fm.
The aim is to also reward our cherished listeners (drivers) who have remained faithful with the station.
We wish to stress the need for drivers to maintain road safety regulations, drive safe and abide by the 12 following steps to achieve the aim of the campaign.
1. As they say speed thrills and also kills. Keep a rein on your speed
2. Obey traffic rules.
3. Wear seat belts.
4. Pedestrians and children come first
5. Read caution signs
6. Adopt antiskid break systems in the cars, so that the risk of cars skidding can be reduced.
7. Air bags in vehicles are a must to cushion the impact in case of accidents.
8. Reflectors to be used on the rear of the vehicle. Ensure all lamps are in working condition. Hazard lamp should be switched on when the vehicle is parked on a highway.
9. Vehicle must be in good working condition-
10. Roads should be in good condition with proper sign boards.
11. Avoid drugs and alcohol while driving.
12. Falling asleep behind the wheel has led to a number of road accidents, so drivers are encouraged to take enough rest before they move their vehicles to save lives on our roads.
President John Dramani Mahama yesterday held discussions with President Alhassane Ouattara of Cote D'Ivoire during a visit to commiserate with him and the people of the neighbouring country following last week's attack at Grand Bassam.
At the meeting which was held behind behind closed doors, the president indicated that, Ghana was ready to collaborate its sister countries in the West African sub-region to address security threats facing them.
At least, 16 people were killed after six gunmen opened fire on civilians at an Ivory Coast beach resort, last week.
Fourteen civilians and two special forces soldiers were killed before the six assailants were gunned down in the resort of Grand Bassam.
The attack last week targeted three hotels in the southeastern town about 40km east of the country's economic capital, Abidjan.
President Mahama as part of the meeting called for strict border controls and activation of protocols on anti-terrorism as an effective measure of protecting citizens in the sub region.
President Mahama further admonished his counterparts to join forces together in preventing attackers whose motive is to harm citizens from doing so, although the sub-region maintains it integration of free movement.
“…We have been discussing how we can commonly share intelligence and how we can still maintain our integration and let people move freely but at the same time make sure people who want to harm us and are coming across our borders we are able to identify who they are and prevent them from doing the evil that they want to inflict on our people.”
“It is a pity that this is happening at this time because we have been trying to integrate our economies and our people and create the opportunity for our people to move freely across our borders but when things like this happen, then it means you have to be more vigilant, you have to be scrutinizing people who are coming across the borders…”the President said.
He was accompanied by the Minister for the Interior Prosper Douglas Bani, Minister for Communications Dr. Edward Omane Boamah and the National Security Adviser Baba Kamara.
The Ghanaian Embassy in the United States has served notice to travelers to apply for travel certificates instead passports as its faced with technical challenges to print and issue passports for those who intend visiting the country.
A notice issued by the Ghana embassy indicated, they put on hold temporally the printing of passport, however, they working tirelessly to resolve the technical challenge.
Below are details of the notice
The embassy of Ghana hereby informs that due to technical challenges the issuance of Ghana passport is temporary on hold.
Whiles we work tirelessly to resolve this challenge, the embassy takes this opportunity to express our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.
You may have to apply for travel certificate in writing. Now this comes with its own issues.
1.Not all airlines accept travel certificates
2.You can only use it for a one way trip to Ghana only
3.You will have to make your own arrangement to get a passport once you get to Ghana
4.The fee for travel certificate is $50
UEFA will consider playing Euro 2016 without supporters if the terrorism threat rises in the next three months, the governing body's executive committee vice-president has said.
Giancarlo Abete, vice-president since 2011, told Italian radio that more extreme measures may have to be taken for the tournament in France following Tuesday's terror attacks in Belgium.
The former head of the Italian FA told Radio24: "Euro 2016 is the kind of event that we can't delay or postpone.
"We can't exclude the possibility of playing behind closed doors, as we cannot exclude terrorism. If we talked about potentially cancellable games, such as a friendly or a competitive match, they could be moved to another date.
"Obviously this would not be the case. But we are talking about games which are staged for June whereas, today, we are going through a very urgent emergency."
At least 34 people were killed in Brussels following explosions at Zavantem Airport and Maalbeek metro station.
Belgium's national squad cancelled their training session yesterday and their friendly against Portugal in Brussels next week is in serious doubt.
FIFA has released a statement reaffirming its commitment to guaranteeing a "safe and secure" Euro 2016 in France this summer.
Actor, script writer and film director of Ghanaian descent, Eddie Nartey has disclosed he will choose film over stage play because the former pays better.Speaking to Amanda Jissih on E Talk, Eddie Nartey also revealed stage takes more time than films.“I’m too busy for stage. You can do a movie in just one week but for stage, you have to do rehearsals and the discipline of stage is totally different but I must confess it doesn’t pay well”He however commended Uncle Ebo Whyte and his Roverman productions for their consistency and holding a great forth in Ghana.“Uncle Ebo Whyte and production are doing so well. I think they are doing something right because he gets a lot of audience and I think he pays well.”Asked if he would let go movies should stage pay well, Eddie Nartey revealed he won’t let go movies since it opens more doors for learning.“Passion-wise and discipline, the stage is lovely but I don’t think I can stop directing, I can let go of may be acting but not directing. I love it so much so to talk about film and stage, I definitely will choose film over stage because it opens more doors in terms of learning etc”Eddie Nartey recently premiered a self-directed movie titled ‘Beautiful Ruins’ which stars Christabel Ekeh, John Dumelo and many others.
Suspected Brussels airport attacker - named as Najim Laachraoui - has been arrested, Belgian media report.
Twin explosions at the airport and another at a metro station on Tuesday left about 34 dead and 250 wounded.
Belgium is observing three days of national mourning. So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind the attacks and warned that more would follow. A minute's silence for the victims will be held at midday (11:00 GMT).
Belgian media reports earlier today indicated, brothers Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui and other other person were responsible for the suicide bombing.
RTBF said the brothers were known to police and had criminal records. The broadcaster said that Khalid el-Bakraoui had used a false name to rent the flat in the Forest area of the Belgian capital where police killed a gunman in a shootout last week.
The broadcaster said that Khalid el-Bakraoui had used a false name to rent the flat in the Forest area of the Belgian capital where police killed a gunman in a shootout last week. It was during that raid that police found a fingerprint of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the Paris terror attacks of 13 November. He was arrested in a raid in Brussels last Friday and is due to appear before a pre-trial court on Wednesday.
Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure said Khalid el-Bakraoui was being sought for terrorist activities while Ibrahim was reportedly on the run after a sentence for other criminal activity.
La Derniere Heure also said that the third man in the airport CCTV image of the three men handed out by police is Najim Laachraoui. Laachraoui was named earlier in the week by police as a wanted accomplice of Abdeslam. 'Black day' The three men were seen pushing trolleys carrying suspected bombs at Zaventem airport just before the blasts at a check-in hall. Two of the men, believed to be the brothers, were wearing black gloves on their left hands, possibly hiding a suicide detonation device.
They were believed to have died in the attack. The third man was wearing no glove. The airport explosions happened in quick succession shortly after 08:00 local time (07:00 GMT), killing about 14 people. A third bomb was found and destroyed in a controlled detonation.
Member of Parliament for Efuttu Alex Afenyo Markins has for the first time broke his silence over the alleged recorded tape which circulated on a number media firms accusing him of taking bribe to present a bad case he filed together with his colleague MP Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah, Member of Parliament for New Juaben South against the sale of the IPO shares by the Agricultural Development Bank last year.
The legislators were last year accused of using the suit to bait the bank to pay them huge sums of money, to withdraw the case which they had earlier claimed had no Parliamentary approval.
It was alleged the Bank paid out some GH₵250,000 to Mr Afenyo-Markin to get him to withdraw the suit against the adb to enable the bank commence its Initial Public Offering (IPO) to pave the way for the bank to enlist on the Ghana Stock Exchange.
However, the bank in a recent statement signed by their lawyer, M.K. Amoakohene, and copied to anti-corruption group Forum for the Protection of Public Funds (FPPF) who initially demanded for the details to inform the decision of a legal suit against the legislator described the allegations as false, the statement added ''“There is no way the bank will employ that quantum of funds simply to get an IPO through by any such illegal means or that the process had been threatened by a court action and there was therefore the need to do something to get the process going.
“We wish to state that the Bank has not paid any monies to Mr Afenyo-Markin or anyone connected to him,” the statement concluded.
Speaking for the first time on the issue in an exclusive interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio, the once vocal legislator said he feels exonerated and gives thanks to God Almighty for how far the case has travelled.
He described the allegation as an evil political plot to tarnish his image as politician and Parliamentarian.
The young and brilliant lawyer who had gained a lot of recognition and attention after his landmark victory which led to the postponement of the Assembly Elections prayed that such an allegation should never come against any of his colleague politicians.
The legislator explained what was more shocking was the unavailability of the so-called journalist who recorded and leaked the said tape to defend his allegation.
He opined, the journalist should have gathered courage just like the celebrated investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas to bodily come out to defend his tape if he indeed recorded him, [Afenyo Markins]
He stressed his aim to ensure that he will win power for his party and will not allow any evil plots to destruct him.
When asked if the case led to him remaining mute on the floor of Parlimaent on sensitive issues which he is known to be vocal on, the lawyer maintained, he do not hold any position in the Minority neither is he looking forward for one and therefore if Ghanaians are of the view that his presence cannot be felt, then they should rethink again since Parliament and the Minority works with proceedings hence he will abide those guidelines.