Referring to someone as National Security Operative is Criminality-Kasambata


Security and Defence analyst, Yaro Kassambata, has said there is no job with the description National Security Operative.

In a Facebook post, the analyst said the was stunned when Double originally known as Ernest Akomeah, the man alleged to have threatened to harm Sam George, the MP for Ningo Prampram during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election appeared before the Commission if Inquiry and described himself as National Security operative.

He described it as an illegality and criminality and has underscored the need for public education to clear that anomaly.

He said the term National Security has been abused many times and has called on government to go to parliament and initiate a legislation if it desires to form another security outfits.

“The term National Security has been abused many times in this country and i think it’s about time we create awareness about the security architecture of Ghana; If this government desires to create new security outfits, it should go to Parliament for approval. Otherwise what we are seeing now is blatant abuse of power and disregard to the laws of Ghana.”

He said: “Section 1 (2) of the Security and Intelligence Agencies Act – 1996 (Act 526) elaborates the composition of the National Security Council. The Council is made up of the President of Ghana, Vice President, Ministers for the time being holding the portfolios of foreign affairs, defence, interior, and finance and such other Ministers as the President may determine.”

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NATIONAL SECURITY

1. First, let me set the records straight: there is no job title as “National Security Operative” in the security strata of Ghana. So when the gentleman called “double” appeared before the Short Commission and introduced himself as a “National Security Operative”, I was stunned. There is no job title known as such. There is obviously no job description for a nonexistent job title and there is no training syllabus or module for the nonexistent job title. I was not surprised that ” Double” claimed he was trained for only three weeks;

2. The term National Security has been abused many times in this country and i think it’s about time we create awareness about the security architecture of Ghana;

3. If this government desires to create new security outfits, it should go to Parliament for approval. Otherwise what we are seeing now is blatant abuse of power and disregard to the laws of Ghana;

4. The term “National Security” often referred
is the NSC Secretariat with the National Security Coordinator as the head under Act 526 which is responsible for supervising the intelligence agencies and all security institutions including REGSECs/DISECs/MUSECs in Ghana are controlled and coordinated by the NSC as a bureaucratic institution for the management of all the intelligence agencies in Ghana. The intelligence agencies in Ghana are: Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) responsible for domestic or internal intelligence, Defence Intelligence deals with analysing pure military information and the Research Department of the Ministry of Foreign is for gathering foreign intelligence;

5. Therefore the role of the NSC Secretariat is to coordinate the activities of these intelligence agencies but not hold coercive force. At best, “double” could be referred to as an informant for BNI which is the ONLY agency in Ghana tasked with the responsibility of gathering and processing domestic intelligence (information or research) for the consumption by the Executive;

5. Anyone including “double” who continue to subscribe to title “National Security Operative” is perpetrating an illegality. I respectfully ask the President and the experts within this government to as a matter of urgency sanitize the current confusion and wrongful subscription to nonexistent titles;

6. Section 1 (2) of the Security and Intelligence Agencies Act – 1996 (Act 526) elaborates the composition of the National Security Council. The Council is made up of the President of Ghana, Vice President, Ministers for the time being holding the portfolios of foreign affairs, defence, interior, and finance and such other Ministers as the President may determine.

Chief of Defence Staff and two other members of the Armed Forces, the Inspector General of Police and two other members of the Police Service, one of whom shall be the Commissioner of Police responsible for Criminal Investigations Department.

Other members are the Director-General of the Prisons Service, the Director of External Intelligence, the Director of Internal Intelligence, the Director of Military Intelligence, the Commissioner of Customs, Excise and Preventive Service; and three persons appointed by the President;

7. Section 4 (a) of the Security and Intelligence Agencies Act – 1996 (Act 526) outlines the functions of the NSC to include “ensuring the collection of information relating to the security of Ghana and the integration of the domestic, foreign and security policies relating to it so as to enable the security services and other departments and agencies of Government to co-operate more effectively in matters relating to national security”

8. The maintenance of a tactical force (coercive force) and the deployment of same are NOT part of its functions;

9. The goal of the NSC Security is to achieve the strengthening of democratic institutions, respect for human rights, protection of sovereignty, and the economic interest of Ghana’. If government focuses on these goals, there will be no further appetite for deploying coercive forces at the least opportunity.

Yaro Kasambata
Defence & Security Analyst

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