Two retired military officers from the NPP and NDC have taken different positions on the decision by the elephant family to employ the services of the three South African retired officers who according to the party, came to Ghana to train their security personnel in in various security drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response manoeuvres.
The three – 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.
However, Captain (rtd) Nkrabea Effah Dartey said ''Ghanaians are crying over wolves, when there are no wolves''.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on frontline, Wednesday morning, the renowned lawyer, former MP noted, he sees nothing wrong with the NPP's decison to employ the services of retired officers from a foreign land to train their party security persons.
He told host that, he would have rather suggested for persons from either Israel, Australia or United States due to their worth of experience to train their party security.
The former presidential hopeful posited, the NPP has the legal right to acquire arms, train its users in handling them therefore, the political gymnastics which the NDC is playing to indict the flagbearer Nana Ado will not wash.
When asked why as an experienced retired military officer, he was employed to offer the training, he said, the party has taken a decision in its best interest to give the security guards of both their presidential and running mate maximum protection.
He further chided how the information quickly leaked to the public, a situation he lamented posses a serious threat to thorough investigations in country on sensitive issues like this.
However, the Deputy National Organizer of the ruling NDC and a fellow retired army officer Captain (rtd) Joshua Akamba expressed his disappointment at the statements by his fellow officer who he claimed should have known better.
According to the NDC capo, Captain (rtd) Effah Dartey is best placed to be employed to do this job than for the party to go in for mercenaries.
He accused the NPP of breaching laid down procedures which requires them to have notified the Foreign Ministry who will them notify the BNI then later the National Security will approve of it after its convinced.
He chastised the flagbearer, Nana of engaging in lawlessness to get himself elected as president.
Captain (rtd) Joshua Akamba restated that, a vote for Nana Addo will create anarchy, tension, violence and a state of torment for the citizens.
He explained, a leader like the former Foreign Minister who should better in matters like this is not a leader who should be given an opportunity to rule a peaceful nation like Ghana since his posture dies not deserve one of a president.
The Caliph of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has warned that, the world is edging into another world war if global injustice continues.
His Holiness Masroor Ahmad, delivering the keynote address at the 13th National Peace Symposium of the Ahmadiya Muslim community in London, noted that the rampant acts of terrorism all in the name of Islam and the way the world is handling it makes a third world war very imminent.
“For many years I have warned that the world is moving rapidly towards another war and now other prominent people are even of the believe that such a war has already begun. Nonetheless I believe that there is time to stop such a war….”, He said.
His Holiness Masroor Ahmad opined that the fight against extremism that is pushing the world to war could be pragmatically fought by insisting on justice and compassion rather than world powers insisting on regime change and the financing of arms trade amongst the extremists.
Quoting the wall street journal and the Austrian president, the Ahmadiya world leader called for the concerted effort to fight extremism with pragmatic efforts and in the case of force being used, it should include the western world. He called for use of force only in the case where dialogue had failed.
According to the world leader, it is better for all forms of cruelty to be suppressed and virtues promoted but unfortunately the world has not accepted this as the media continue to focus on insurgencies instead of focusing on true Islam.
His Holiness Masroor Ahmad speaking ob the theme ‘’Justice, the Foundation for Lasting Peace’’, called on the media and all to suppress the vices of the few extremist minorities and rather push up the true tenets of Islam which are peace, justice and tolerance. These he insists are the building blocks to stop the imminent war he has always warned against.
He added that, major global powers continue to focus on regime change and this has turned such nations into a lawless state now with Libya as an example. Something the Caliph say he warned about years ago.
‘’..Without justice, it will be difficult to defeat the terrorist.’’ He concluded.
The national Peace Symposium is and annual event by the Ahmadiya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom that brings together people from all walks of life to think of a global peace theme and also to show support for the missions effort to promote world peace. Over 900 people attended this year’s edition, the 13th. Amongst them were religious, traditional and political leaders from all over the world.
By: Kwabena Agyapong
Family members of the late Chief of Sota Nene Teiko Opeteko III, who was shot dead with two others, on their way to Ningo from Sota, in the Shai Osudoku District of Greater Accra Region, have accused the DCE of Shai Osu Doku Emmanuel Anyemi Odoi Lartey, for supporting and empowering the people of Wedokum to allegedly kill their Chief.
The late Sota Chief was shot with two others including his son and head of family on their way to perform routine rituals.
Two assailants according to an eye witness account chased the Chief and the two others in their Toyota Corolla with an unregistered motorbike until they run into a ditch and allegedly shot them.
According to the relatives of the late Chief, the Wedokum clan had constantly harassed them following a land litigation issue.
The land in contentio the Sota family says do not belong to the Wedokum family, however they claim, the DCE had always encouraged the Wedokum family to claim ownership of the land.
They alleged, his posture and support for their rivals, led to the gruesome murder of their Chief and other relatives.
Some of the family speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem further accused the police of always arresting innocent persons whenever their rivals employ landguards to torment them with guns and other harmful tools.
Meanwhile the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police is currently haunting for the assailants and has appealed to the general public to assist them with vital information that may lead to the arrest of the assailants.
The arrest of three South African nationals brought in secretly by the NPP to train personnel purportedly to guard the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer and his Vice is sending shivers down the spines of Ghanaians.
Security experts say this must be thoroughly investigated and dealt with swiftly. The NPP has attempted to rubbish serious concerns raised insisting the men being trained are going to be engaged in crowd control as the popularity of Nana Akufo Addo grows.
One of NPP’s deputy Director of Communications, Perry Okudzeto told Accra-based Joy FM the party doesn’t need clearance from government or the Interior Ministry to be specific to bring the SA African suspects currently in the custody of national security into the country.
The three Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (retd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwayhe, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45 — were picked up at the EL-Capitano Hotel. They had been training about 12 Ghanaians in security drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response manoeuvres. The activity was taking place at Agona Dunkwaw far away from the national capital. The facility in which they were lodging belongs to a registered private security firm, Delta Force.
Besides, the following were found in Hazis’ possession. A comprehensive report on the operations of Superlock Technologies Limited (STL) and most alarming, a detailed profile of all the workers of STL, both past and present, and identified key staff members, assessing their strengths and vulnerabilities.
Remember the STL is the company engaged by the Electoral Commission (EC) for the transmission of collated results to the EC during the 2012 general election.
There is nothing wrong for the NPP to engage private security men to protect their leaders. But why will they be training them in the bush, faraway Agona Dunkwaw. The party argues the men are being trained for crowd control as Nana Addo’s popularity increases.
Nana Akufo Addo’s campaign strategy is an open secret. He hasn’t been active on the ground and the Police Service has offered him adequate security wherever he has been so far, the Thank You Tour, the Rise and Build Tour etc.
No incidence of violence, or difficulty in controlling crowds have been raised. Has the NPP lost confidence in the Police Service, has it made it public or formally lodged complaint?
The suspects reportedly entered the country as businessmen. Good, but do they have working permit, who issued them the visas? Delta Force which is fronting for the NPP must answer the following questions….How does it train its recruits? Are the VVIP escorts trained separately, why Agona Dunkwaw, Why were the national security operatives denied easy access to the suspects? Is the company hiding anything?
More so they had in their possession profiles of staff of STL. The same company NPP alleged in 2012 helped the NDC to ‘steal’ the elections. Why STL documents? Why were they digging the vulnerability of staff? How did they get those documents? Aren’t those profiled at risk in this era of terrorist attacks and hit men hired to eliminate people?
Security expert and lecturer at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Center, Dr Nicholas Okine is cautioning the state security to be on high alert. He told Accra-based Joy FM such militia groups easily transform into rebel groups.
“If you are a soldier for that matter, you can just come to Ghana and say you have come to train people. That request should come formally from the Interior Ministry. After training them in weapon handling and so on where are they going to get the weapons from, and under what command or control structure are they going to operate?” he asked.
He told Joy News Francis Abban there are people out there planning to foment trouble and the state must be worried. Dr Okine was blunt in condemning the activity warning of grave consequences if security agencies are not extra alert.
The development has put NPP again on the spotlight because of pronouncements threatening mayhem by its activist. MP for Assin, Kennedy Agyapong, National Organizer, John Boadu have gone public asking party supporters not to trust the election security taskforce and attack people on the day of voting. Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, aspiring MP for Adenta told Accra based OKAY FM on Tuesday NPP won’t take calls for peace in 2016 for granted. Other party communicators and affiliate pressure groups have subtly been inciting the public of mayhem if the EC does not act on their demands.
Has anyone thought about how Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and other militias within the sub region sprang up?
Source: Dan Acheampong
The South African High Commission in Ghana will today meet the Foreign Affairs Minister, Hanna Tetteh over the arrest of three retired South African police officers.
The South African High Commission wants access to the men to enable it gain first-hand information about their mission in Ghana.
The meeting is to enable the Commission to further interrogate three former police officers on how they entered Ghana and whether they are affiliated to the company which they claimed to be affiliated to.
The three – 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. They were said to be training some young people in various security drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response manoeuvres.
National Democratic Congress condemned the action and has described it as a threat to national security.
According to the ruling government, the NPP had brought in mercenaries into the country.
But the NPP refuted the claims saying that, ''that the presence of the three men in Ghana is not for any acts that can be said remotely threaten the country’s security.
''Known security detail belonging to the NPP’s presidential and vice presidential candidates were being given routine training by these security experts specialised and licensed to offer VIP Protection. Indeed, the two personal drivers of the candidates, as well as the official photographer of Nana Akufo-Addo, were part of the 15 persons undergoing training, which took place on the premises of a well-known, licensed, Ghanaian security company.
''The 3 South Africans arrived in the country on Business visas. Training of personnel in VIP protection is part of their business, and, therefore, no deception was intended. Is it not alarming, however, that a case which, according to the BNI, is still under investigation has been leaked to pro-government newspapers, obviously in the bid to help the NDC score cheap political points?
''It is our firm conviction that the security agencies, if they are to enjoy the confidence of the people, must always be seen to be non-partisan and professional in the discharge of their constitutional mandates. Unlike some other countries where the State takes responsibility for providing security for opposition leaders, here, in Ghana, opposition leaders are responsible for providing and maintaining their own personal security.
''That is exactly the case here. In an age where a radio programme host by name ‘Mugabe’, on Montie FM, a radio station belonging to the stable of the ruling party, has stated that Nana Akufo-Addo will die before June this year, we, in the NPP, will not take any chances, whatsoever, with the security of our leaders.
''That threat by the radio station host has, unsurprisingly, not been deemed by the authorities to be an act that could threaten our nation’s security,'' the statement said.
Belgium is observing three days of mourning following bomb attacks in the capital Brussels that left 34 people dead and about 250 wounded.
A minute's silence for the victims will be held at midday (11:00 GMT).
Police are continuing a huge manhunt for a suspect caught on CCTV shortly before two bombs exploded at Zaventem airport on Tuesday morning.
An hour later another blast tore through a metro train near the Maelbeek station.
So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind the attacks and warned that more would follow.
Meanwhile, the US state department has urged US citizens of the "potential risks" of travelling to Europe.
A statement said terror groups were planning "near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants and transportation".
Tuesday's blasts came four days after the capture in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam who investigators say was involved in last November's terror attacks in Paris.
Abdeslam is due to appear before a pre-trial court in Brussels on Wednesday.
Hundreds of people crowded into Place de la Bourse late into Tuesday night, lighting candles and placing flowers in a vigil for the victims of the attacks.
Many cities around the world illuminated their landmarks in the colours of the Belgian flag in a show of solidarity.
Raids took place in Brussels and across Belgium on Tuesday as anti-terror police sought those linked to the attacks.
They issued a wanted notice for a man seen walking with two other suspects at the airport just before the blasts at a check-in hall.
He was pushing a luggage trolley with a suitcase thought to have contained a bomb that did not explode.
The two other men are presumed to have died after detonating suicide devices. They were wearing a black glove on the left hand, possibly to hide the devices. The third man was wearing no glove.
The explosions happened in quick succession shortly after 08:00 local time (07:00 GMT) and the other bomb was found and destroyed in a controlled detonation.
A taxi driver who had reportedly driven the three suspects to the airport gave police an address in the Schaerbeek area of Brussels where another explosive device and an IS flag were among items recovered.
Police helicopters hovered over the city late into the night as the search operation continued.
About an hour after the airport blasts on Tuesday morning, another explosion struck the Maelbeek metro station near EU headquarters.
The cause of the blast has not been confirmed but IS said it too was a suicide bombing.
Police said about 20 people died on the metro train and about 14 at the airport.
Belgium has raised its terrorism alert to its highest level.
Transport across Brussels was paralysed after the explosions but some services later resumed. The airport is unlikely to reopen for several days.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Tuesday was "a day of tragedy, a black day" and urged citizens to show "calmness and solidarity".
World leaders have sent condolences and messages of solidarity.
US President Barack Obama called the blasts "outrageous attacks against innocent people" while the 28 EU leaders - in a joint statement - said the bombings were an "attack on our open, democratic society".
The Caliph of the Worldwide Ahamidiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has opined that there is no need for people to be afraid of Islam, as it is a religion of peace. According to him, many claim Islam is a religion of extremism and are fond of terrorism, something which is far from the truth.
Speaking at the 13th National Peace Symposium, held in London on the theme ‘’Justice, the Foundation for Lasting Peace’’, His Holiness Masroor Ahmad condemned the various acts of terrorism and asked for concerted effort to disabuse the minds of people that these acts are done in the name of Islam.
“… terror attacks are a modern day evil which cannot be justified in any form… present day wars are not being fought for the sake o f Islam or religion but for economic and geo-political gains”. He said.
He further opined that there is no need for Islamophobia. He insisted that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. “.. Islam’s true teachings are of peace, tolerance and mutual respect’ he said
Suicide attacks and other forms of terrorism have been on the increase in recent times but His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor believes those involved do so to achieve their economic and geopolitical gains and have nothing to do with Islam.
His Holiness Masroor Ahmad criticised sections of the world media for reporting and feeding on the wrong justification by the extremists that they do that in the name of Jihad.
He said the holy Quran enjoins all to show love to their fellow brethren since God is the provider and sustainer of life ‘’…why do you harm his creation’’? He quizzed
The 13th national Peace Symposuim was held at the Baitul Futuh mosque in London and was attended by a cross section of the top political figures in the United Kingdom. Notable among them were the Mayoral candidate for London, Zac Goldman and the UK secretary for International affairs, Justine Greening. Over 900 people attended from all over the world.
By: Kwabena Agyapong
International Local Radio Station, Rainbow Radio, came tops with three categories of awards at the recently held 2016 DJAwards.
The Professor of all DJs, Professor Collins won the Best Mobile DJ for second year in a row, as he won the same award in 2015.
Multiple award winning Radio and Television Personality, Agyemang Prempeh known for his exceptional skills won the Gospel DJ of the Year.
DJ Invisible Rainbow Radio's International DJ who treats listeners with the very best of his Afro Centric Mix Show won the Best International DJ at the ceremony.
The awards has indeed proven that ''Music is Indeed Our Business'' as Rainbow Radio since its inception has set to provide great and unparalleled music to our cherished listeners.
Speaking in an interview with rainbowradioonline.com. Professor Collins said ''Words cannot explain how he felt winning the best mobile dj award again. I express my profound gratitude to all my cherished listeners, fans for their votes and support. In-fact this will propel me to do my best to win bigger next year and possibly win this category for the third year in a row,'' he added.
Agyemang Prempeh on his part who could not hide his excitement also thanked his loyal and cherished listeners who had stayed tuned and through with him on his award winning show which won him the award.
He dedicated the award to God Almighty, his loyal listeners and the entire Rainbow Radio staff and family.
DJ Invisible speaking with rainbowradioonline.com from his London base said ''Words cannot express how i feel winning this award. Its been a long journey and am grateful and i say thank you to all my supporters. This is just the beginning so keep supporting me to do my best,'' he told his listeners. He added ''We thank God and of course each and every one of you my supporters.''
The Ghana DJ Awards was created to celebrate and appreciate the talents of Disc Jockeys (DJs) who promote Ghana music.
The Awards is an exciting annual program designed to foster the development of the Ghana music industry by rewarding and celebrating Radio, Mobile and Club Disc Jockeys who have excelled in their fields of endeavor.
It is, actually, the only national award scheme in Africa that appreciates and celebrates DJs for their work. It is also a platform that rewards veteran DJs who have blazed the trail in the music industry over the years.
Below are the Full List of Award Winners
Gospel DJ of the Year – Agyemang, Rainbow Radio
Reggae/dancehall of the Year – King Lagazee, Hit FM
Highlife DJ of the Year – Micky Darling, Peace FM
Mobile DJ of the Year – DJ Collins, Rainbow Radio
Hiplife DJ of the Year – DJ Azonto, Pink FM
Scratch DJ of the Year – DJ Kaxtro, Ultimate FM
DJ song of the Year – Kakai by Shatta Wale
Mixtape of the Year – DJ X Dumsorlogy
Best International Ghanaian DJ of the Year – DJ Invisible
Artiste DJ of the Year – DJ Justice [Stonebwoy]
Nite Club DJ of the Year- DJ Cobby Krack [Bella Roma]
Best Video Jockey of the Year – DJ Xpliph
Best Club MC of the Year – MC Kay
Best International non Ghanaian DJ of the Year – DJ Jimmy Jatt , Nigeria
Discovery DJ of the Year – DJ Wabs
Best Campus DJ of the Year – DJ Snipes, UPSA
Best Female Radio DJ of the Year – Ohemaa, Adom FM
Pub DJ of the Year – DJ Mac Tonto
Best Male Radio DJ of the Year – DJ Black
Best Event DJ of the Year – DJ Virusky
Best Music Promoter of the Year – DJ Adviser
Best Female DJ of the Year – DJ M Jay
Best DJ of the Year – DJ Black