The South African High Commission will today meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hannah Tetteh regarding the arrest of their three nationals. Considering the twists and turns in the issue, officials of the South African High Commission want to hear from the three men themselves in order to get the information first hand.
They equally seek to find out from their citizens, how they entered Ghana and whether they are affiliated with the company they claim to represent.
Earlier on March 20, the three, Major Ahmed Shaik (retd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwahye, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45, were arrested by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI),at the EL-Capitano Hotel in the region, where they had been based since arriving in the country early this month.
According to reports, the trio were arrested for engaging in suspicious acts which Ghana’s security officials deemed a threat to national security.
There had been reports which suggested that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) hired them as mercenaries to disrupt the electoral process come November. NPP lashing out at the cynical remarks, debunked the claims saying they were only hired by a security firm in Ghana to train the NPP private security team.
Furthermore, the NPP took issues with the national newspaper, Daily Graphic as well as the officials of the BNI over the arrest of the trio. The Deputy Communications Director of the party Perry Okudzeto, expressed their disappointment on how irresponsible the national newspaper was in publishing the story with such twist . He had also buttressed the need for efficiency on the part of the party’s security personnel, which is to ensure order as well as adequate security for the flagbearer during election rallies and the likes.
The headline on the national newspaper had read; ‘3 South Africans arrested for acts likely to compromise national security’ giving a suspicious twist to the story according to the NPP.
We’ll bring you more news on the outcome of the meeting with the South African High Commission.