The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, has expressed shock at the claims by government that the alleged militia captured in a recent expose by My Joy News is a company that is into finding jobs for young unemployed persons.
The legislator in a write up also expressed shock at the claims that the OSU Castle where they were training was not a security zone.
“Bro, the Castle is not a security zone? So what are the police and army officers at the entrance doing there? And why do serving Ministers have their offices there? Castle has more security than Parliament House wai!”
Government has refuted claims that ‘De-Eye’ is a militia group being sponsored and trained by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the Osu Castle.
An exposé by investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni suggests that the former seat of government, which houses the offices of some current ministers, have been turned into a training camp for De-Eye group.
But responding to the documentary, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said in a press statement on Friday, 8 March 2019 that the documentary is a “malicious” misrepresentation of facts and lack evidence to support the narrative that President Nana Akufo-Addo is sponsoring a militia group.
“The promotion of the documentary, and the narrative of the documentary stated emphatically that a ‘militia’ (a military force raised from the civil population to supplement the regular army in an emergency) has been uncovered training and operating at a ‘security’ zone with the complicity of the current administration, and identified as belonging to the New Patriotic Party.
“Surprisingly, the 20-minute documentary does not show any evidence of such a militia, or a vigilante group training or operating at a security zone. Rather, it shows a group of young men and women dressed up in white shirts and black suits converging on the Christiansburg Castle in Osu in the belief that jobs will be found for them,” the statement noted.
“From Joy News’ own documentary, it is clear that the company is involved in helping unemployed young men and women find jobs, and operates a website that openly states their objectives”.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah explained“…There have been many occasions where Joy News had produced documentaries based on facts, truth and accuracy. However, on this occasion, this so-called ‘undercover’ documentary falls short of their own standards. It only puts together conjuncture, malice, mischief, sensationalism and unvalidated suspicions, and presented to the Ghanaian people as truth”.
But reacting to the response from government, the legislator wrote:
Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah paaaah!
Bro, an employment agency called De-Eye Group gets access to the Castle, an extension of the Office of the President, sets up office with a youthful client base of about 500 using the Castle and about 5000 nation wide?
Bro, De-Eye Group clients seeking employment provide security for an NPP (Dombo) event attended by President NADAA as special guest of honour, former President Kufour and the IGP among many top government officials?
Bro, Herh! No one said anything? Not the Presidential security detail, not the BNI, not National Security or the Police! Walahi! The Presidency was cool with an employment agency, De-Eye, providing security at such an event?
Bro, the Castle is not a security zone? So what are the police and army officers at the entrance doing there? And why do serving Ministers have thier offices there? Castle has more security than Parliament House wai!
Bro, I can’t think far, so let me talk in-proper, un-parliamentary English small! This your reply to Manasseh paaaaaaah dei! Huuuuwa! Na big fat lie!
Bro, De-Eye be trained NPP militia and NPP government knows them well well. They be NADAA pickings direct; that be why no one question them for them base for Castle, that be why they fit provide security for Father em self for NPP Dombo event!
Aaaaaaah Kojo, I shy give you sef!
M.P, Builsa South