A former Council of State Member, under the erstwhile John Kufuor administration, Anthony Amega Kwashie Deku, is to be buried this Saturday in his hometown; Woe, near Anloga in the Volta Region.
Mr. Deku, was a former Commissioner of Police at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and Managing Director (MD) of Securicor Limited, a pioneer private security firm. He held Standard VII Scholar/Advance Police Career and had special interest in Police Career and Security Consultancy.
There will be wake-keeping at his Switchback Road residence in Cantonments – Accra, tomorrow. This will be followed by a funeral service at the forecourt of the State House. His mortal remains, will then be conveyed to Woe, same Friday for burial on Saturday.
The late police capo was trained by several intelligence organizations including, the Soviet Union, British Special Branch, CIA headquarters in Langley, United States of America (USA), and the Ethiopian Intelligence Organizations. He many years, served as a security aide to Ghana’s First President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
In his own words he noted, “I learnt from this system and improved upon my knowledge, efficiency and experiences in Investigations and intelligence work”.
In 1964, he attended an Interpol Conference in Caracas in Venezuela, where he was made the auditor of the INTERPOL and chairman for the West Africa sub-region.
During the time of the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ghana in 1960, Hon. Deku and his boss, Mr. M’abe, were in-charge of her security.
Following the competence they exhibited, he was made to take over from his boss as the substantive head of the Special Branch, now BNI
The late statesman, a very good friend of the ex-President, John Agyekum Kufuor, and the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, was a founding member of the opposition party, and at a point in time appointed chairman of the Council of Elders of that party. Through him, Nana Akufo-Addo, developed links in Togo.
The ex-Commissioner of Police (COP), who died on 29 May, 2015 was 95. He was born on 13th June, 1923 at Yapei in the then Northern Territory of Gold Coast to Mark Walter Tetevie Deku and Mrs. Catherine Defoame Deku, who hail from the Volta Region.
He was born and baptized in the Roman Catholic fate, and joined Council 10 of the Knight of Marshall and through his immense contribution to the church, rose to the rank of Sir Knight and for over 20 years, he served on the Supreme Council of the Knights of Marshall. The ex-security chief, was a member of Christ the King Parish at Adabraka in Accra.
During the time of the military dispensation in Ghana, he was made a member of the National Liberation Council (NLC).
He held many portfolios in that government including, Commissioner for Interior, Sports, Commissioner for Education and Local Government simultaneously. Between 1966-1969, Mr. Deku, was made the chairman of the Central Intelligence Committee (CIC), which was later changed to National Security Co-ordinator.
In 1958-1964, Mr. Deku, was posted to the Special Branch Headquarters in Accra to establish and head the new Counter Espionage Section within the Special Branch.
He was tipped to be the next Inspector General of Police (IGP), when power was handed over to a civilian government, but he was denied that position by the then Prime Minister of the Progress Party (PP) government, Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia in 1969.
In his disappointment, he voluntarily retired from the Service, because of the differences he had with Dr. Busia, following his refusal to promote him to the IGP position.
It is believed that, Dr. Busia, refused the late Deku that all-important position in the police administration, because of his strong principles and tough stance on national issues.
It was after his retirement that, he became the MD for Securicor Ghana Limited, a private security company he formed to provide security to individuals, houses, work, places, companies and organization, who or which might need the firm’s services.
At its height of operations in the 1970s and 1980s, Securicor, operating from Accra, Kumasi, and Takoradi, gave employment to about one thousand Ghanaians. In 2002, COP Deku, retired as MD of Securicor after the company went into partnership with GROUP 4 Securicor of South Africa.
In his entire life, the late Mr. Deku, won four awards both national and international. The awards were, Member of the Order of the Volta (MOV) by conferred on him by Dr. Busia’s PP government, Distinguished Service Order (DSO, Police Division) by the National Liberation Council government.
The two others were, Her Majesty the Queen of Britain’s New Year’s Honour List of 1955, and the March 2003 Italian Embassy in Ghana for 22 years of unblemished service to the embassy by his company, Securicor.
He remained proud of the medal from the Queen; Colonial Police Medal (CPM) and carried the title till he passed on.
As part of his social services to his people back home, he in the 1970s built a school called Woe-Aklorbodzi Basic School, in the Keta District and formed the Akrobodzi Foundation to help develop his village.