Former President John Dramani Mahama has reacted to the latest expose by investigative journalist Mannaseh Azuri, on the training of a group associated with the ruling New Patriotic Party 9NPP) at the Osu Castle.
The former president in a tweet said government has provided enough paint to paint the nation black following the expose.
Joy News aired the documentary at 8:30 pm and it was widely speculated that high-powered government delegation was engaging the station to compel them not to air the piece. It went ahead.
Earlier, Joy News said that the militia group associated with the governing NPP is being trained at an important state facility classified as a security zone. We now know it is the Osu Castle.
From the website of the group, de-eyegroup.com, here is what we gleaned about their services:
“Job HuntingGuard Services (man- guarding or property) Closed-Circuit TV/DVR (security for special events)Mobile Patrols (VIP/Executive Protection)Diplomatic man guarding and facility guarding ServicesDetective and Investigation services monitoring and tracking assignment. Skills training and improvement services”
“Our men can also be deployed to guard important government installations and industrial units across the Nation. DE-EYE Group is a Company which is committed to planning and deploying security best practices. We also give advisory services to governmental agencies, NGO’s, international organizations and individuals.” the website de-eyegroup.com said.
It had an email email@example.com and a phone number 0302909224
Its address is listed as Accra Ghana G-24/25 Christianberg Osu Castle.
Reacting to the expose in a tweet, Mr Mahama said: ’Watched a harrowing exposé of how the Osu Castle, until 2013 the office of the President, now used as an Annex, has become the HQ & training camp of a private militia wing of the NPP & Nana Akufo-Addo. Clearly, this admin has produced enough paint to paint the whole nation black.’’