The Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) has arrested three South African retired police officers in the Central Region for allegedly engaging in suspicious activities that threaten national security.
The three, 54-year-old Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (Rtd.), 39-year–old WO/ Denver Dwayhe Naidu (Rtd.) and 45-year-old Captain Mlungiseleli Jokani (Rtd.), were picked up on Sunday March 20, 2016 at El Capitano Hotel in Agona Duakwa in the Central Region.
According to a BNI document intercepted by myjoyonline.com,
The trio, all ex-police officers were engaged in training fifteen young men in various military drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response maneuvers.”
The leader of the group, Major Hazis, reportedly told BNI officials that they were brought into the country by a retired military officer (name withheld) to train young men as body guards and a rapid response team for some politicians and political parties.
The trio have been lodging at the EL-Capitano Hotel since arriving in the country at the beginning of this month.
According to the BNI document, the suspects had initially indicated that they were training the young men for the owner of the hotel, Captain Kwesi Acquah (retd), who is also the owner of Delta Force Security Company Limited.
…The said training raises security issues given the heightened security awareness in the country following some terrorist attacks in the sub-region,” a part of the document states.
Also, according to Daily Graphic, Hazis disclosed to highly placed security sources that he was in Ghana in 2012 as part of Nana Akufo-Addo’s security detail during the 2012 elections but left the country soon after.
The BNI on their own part says the suspects have claimed to be security management consultants.
Strangely, however, when the Police and BNI operatives went to the hotel to ascertain their mission they were refused entry by the trainees. However, the security operatives finally entered the place and conducted a search on them.
Surprisingly, a comprehensive report on the operations of Superlock Technologies Ltd (STL) was found in the possession of Hazis. The document contained a detailed profile of all the workers of STL, past and present and went on to identify key staff members, giving an assessment of their strengths and vulnerabilities with the view to possibly compromising them so as to get them commit acts that will tend to favour a particular party in the 2016 elections, using the STL security infrastructure. Images of all workers of STL were also contained in the document,” said the BNI briefing document.
Superlock Technologies Ltd (STL) was the company engaged by the Electoral Commission (EC) for the transmission of collated results to the EC during the 2012 general election.
Although Hazis has denied creating the document, BNI officials say he failed to provide a convincing explanation regarding how the document came to be in his possession.
BNI also revealed that a perusal of the passports of the three suspects indicate that they entered the country weeks ago on business visas issued by Ghana’s mission in Pretoria, South Africa.
The visas did not entitle them to engage in any kind of contract or business as they were found to be engaged in,” the BNI document revealed.
Considering the heightened security alert in the country, the BNI has decided that the suspects would be thoroughly interrogated.