The New Patriotic Party continues to prove resilient amid the ongoing SA Nationals arrest saga. The NPP who are alleging that the arrest of the South African security men was masterminded by government has said they would not be intimidated by the government.
The three men, Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (rtd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwayhe, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45 at El-Capitano Hotel in Agona Duakwa in the Central Region were on Sunday arrested by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) for acts considered suspicious. The men were reportedly training and drilling young men on paramilitary activities.
At the moment, the three have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and unlawful training. Also, the head of the NPP Flagbearer’s security team, Captain (rtd) Edmund Koda and the owner of the EL-Capitano Hotel Captain (rtd) Acquah were also arrested and have been charged too.
However, at a news conference today, the acting national chairman of the party, Freddie Blay, decrying the actions by the government said the reasons behind the arrests of the five men are unreasonable. He said the charges against them do not exist in Ghana’s criminal law books.
Freddy Blay also reiterated the security concerns for the party’s flagbearer Nana Addo who is said to be the sole reason behind the invitation of the security experts.
NPP is not at all pleased with government for the arrest of the men whom have had no criminal records and have come into the country as experts to work. Although reports revealed that the South African Nationals came into the country with a wrong identity, the party maintains they are not mercenaries hired to cause chaos during the elections.
The party earlier had expressed their disappointment on the manner by which national newspaper, Daily Graphic reported the issue. The national newspaper had on its Tuesday cover page “3 South Africans Arrested For acts likely to compromise National security”, which the party saw as a deliberate move by the ruling NDC government to tarnish their image.