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Asault on Caleb: statement on Nat’l Security investigation report ‘political’, ‘unnecessary’ – Paul Boateng

A security analyst, Paul Boateng, has said the Friday statement issued by the Ministry of National Security after the probe into the alleged assault on Caleb Kudah was “unnecessary” and released with the intention to “please the media.”

Speaking to Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Original 91.9FM’s Adweenekasa Friday, the CEO of African Centre Security and Intelligence said the sector minister,  Albert Kan-Dapaah, erred in releasing a statement on the matter and described it as a political statement.

He noted that demoting the four operatives for manhandling Caleb for unlawfully entering the National Security premises and further filming some abandoned cars within the yard without spelling out appreciate measures to be taken against him is a bad precedence.

“I did not find in the statement further investigations or punishment for the young man. All they said was he acted unlawfully. What the lad did was spying. There’s no difference between his and the modus operandi of terrorists. This statement is just a political statement.”

Mr. Boateng registered his dissatisfaction with the content of the statement emphasising that the Citi FM journalist should be made to face the music for his actions.

“If they punish the national security operatives and allow the journalist to go scot-free it will lower the morale and affect the operations of national security.  The operatives won’t get the courage to carry out their duty like before,’ he said on Adwenekasa Friday, May 20, 2021.

“When they said unlawful it ended there, right? Why didn’t they add appropriate action that would be taken him and leave him just like that? It is political talk. They want to please the media but in security, you don’t do that, you don’t comprise. If I had a say I’d tell the minister he shouldn’t have issued the statement. It exposes him. His level on security matters whoever reads this will say it’s political talk. He’s there because of politics he’s a political figure,” Mr. Boateng added.

 

Background

Caleb Kudah, a journalist with Omni Media Limited-owned Citi FM and Citi TV was arrested near the Ministry of National Security car park for filming without authorization on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

Also, Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo, his female colleague was arrested for receiving the files via social media platform, WhatsApp.

According to the National Security, the premises he shot the videos were prohibited hence his arrest

He was detained for a 5-hour-period before released.

While in custody, Caleb narrates he was slapped repeatedly by the national security operatives.

“I was trying to appeal to them that they had beaten me enough but they were just slapping me from the back”, he narrated.

He continued “I’ll be talking to another one and someone will just come and slap me from the back.

The Ministry has therefore initiated investigations into the said allegations,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The arrest of the journalists provoked a wave of outrage after it was established Caleb was working in the interest of the public.

The Ministry of National Security says it has initiated investigations into claims by Citi FM and Citi TV Journalist, Caleb Kudah, that he was assaulted by some National Security operatives.

The Ministry in responding to the arrest of Caleb Kudah and Zoe Abu-Baidoo, promised to take appropriate steps if the allegations are found to be true.

“The Ministry takes with all seriousness, the allegations of manhandling of the two journalists during the interrogation.

In a statement dated May 20, 2021, signed by the Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, it said the committee has completed its investigations on the assault on the young journalist and it found he breached security laws.

“The Committee also established that the journalists’ unauthorised entry into the premises of the Ministry of National Security was unlawful.”

Among other things, the four operatives who manhandled Caleb were demoted. The secondment of Lt Col. Agyeman as Director of Operations was reversed.

Also, the three police officers serving as operatives have been withdrawn.

Lt. Col. Agyeman is to report to the Chief of Defense Staff for further investigation and appropriate action while the police officers are to report to the Ghana Police Service for investigations and disciplinary action.

“The Ministry of National Security wishes to assure the general public and particularly all media practitioners that the Ministry will expeditiously investigate any complaints against any personnel of its agencies.”

“The tenets of National Security in Ghana should be based on a Whole-of-Government and a Whole-of-Society approach and cooperation from all well-meaning Ghanaians,” it added.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

 

 

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