It has been reported that the Head of the private security detail for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Flagbearer, Nana Akuffo Addo, Captain (rtd) Edmund Koda, is very ill while still in the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) custody. Captain Koda took ill on Saturday in BNI cells.
The retired Captain of the Ghana Armed Forces was arrested and charged for being involved in the invitation of three ex-police officers from South Africa to train the party’s security personnel. Meanwhile, the NPP has pleaded not guilty to the charges, maintaining that they have no negative intentions and also did no wrong by employing foreign hands to help them train their private security squad.
However, Captain Koda was re-arrested by the BNI together with the three South African ex-policemen even after they were granted bail by the court following the dropping of the charges against them.
Lawyer for Captain Koda (rtd), Nana Asante Bediatuo, had told Citi News his client is not being treated fairly and that his rights have been abused under the laws of Ghana. According to him, Captain Koda was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital for medical attention, where doctors had recommended he stayed there a while longer to be treated but the BNI operatives refused.
Pulse news reported earlier today that Captain Koda’s lawyer, Nana Asante has declared his intentions to follow this unfair treatment being meted out on his client constitutionally. He said he will sue the Bureau for National Investigation (BNI) for ‘unlawful detention’.
Captain (rtd) Edmond Koda, 69, reportedly invited some three ex-South African Police Officers to train the security detail of Nana Akufo Addo and Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia. The three who were arrested on Sunday, March 20th 2016 were arraigned on Thursday and granted bail, but were taken back to BNI custody as conditions for their bail are being verified.
Security operatives on Friday allegedly visited Captain Koda’s residence at Weija in Accra to carry out a search.
The NPP has been so much displeased with the way the issue is being treated, and has seen the whole episode as a biased ill treatment from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to Citi News, lawyers for the three may file a contempt suit against the BNI this week.