Impeccable sources at the seat of government, has disclosed attempts by the Akufo-Addo government, to cover up a robbery incident which occurred in the Weija home of a top security aide of the President; Retired Captain Edmund Kwadwo Koda.
The Herald was told by multiple sources at the Jubilee House and the National Security Secretariat- Blue Gate, that the robbers numbering about 12 and ridding motorbikes, made away with a whopping GH¢800,000 from the house.
They also shot a brother in-law of Captain Koda in the arm, before fleeing with their booty, last week Wednesday.
The robbers, were said to have expressed shock, seeing the amount of money the ex-army captain was keeping at home.
The masked robbers were said to have daringly identified themselves as members of the pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) Invincible Forces.
Captain Koda, The Herald learnt was home when the incident happened, and the robbers, were said to be furious at him keeping such a huge amount on himself, while most of them were jobless and hungry.
Security analysts The Herald spoke to, believe the robbers acted on insider information that the President’s security aide, was keeping such amount at home.
There’s a huge presence of the Invincible Forces inside the Jubilee House, and the attackers, according to the security analysts, might have come from the presidency.
The Herald is informed that, the matter was reported to the National Security Secretariat, and investigations, have been kept on the low. Other sources have told The Herald that, there was a deliberate attempt to kill the story, fearing it will embarrass the presidency.
In March 2016, Caption (rtd) Edmund Koda, was twice arrested by officials of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) when he served as head of security for the then NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.
He was arrested over the three South African ex-police men, who the NPP had brought into Ghana to train some NPP elements to become part of security detail around the flagbearer of the NPP and his running mate; Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The three South African ex-police men, were arrested at El-Capitano Hotel at Agona-Duakwa in the Central Region, and Captain Koda, was mentioned among others as those who brought them into Ghana.
It later emerged that, Captain Koda, was a wanted person who once escaped from prison custody.
Captain Koda, had been profiled by the National Security, after he was alleged to have again engaged in an unlawful act which was considered detrimental to the security of the state.
According to an Interior Ministry statement in 2016, “Captain Koda’s current arrest comes on the heels of a previous security alert in 2014, after his name popped up in a National Security investigation of the activities of some Serbian nationals who were brought into the country to train selected people drawn from across the country in the art of civil insurrection. A training dubbed ‘Assaulting the pillars of power’.”
The statement signed by the then Minister, Prosper Bani, recounted how Captain Koda, escaped from lawful custody into exile.
“As a young officer, Captain Koda, had been involved in the AFRC regime. Following accusations of corruption he was convicted together with a colleague and incarcerated in the Ussher Fort Prison. They subsequently escaped during a jail break and went into exile outside Ghana.”
The statement follows the hullabaloo surrounding the arrest of three former South African police officers in Ghana by the Bureau of National Investigations for allegedly engaging in an unlawful act.
The three; Ahmed Shaik Hazis, Denver Dwayne Naidu and Mlungiseleli Jokani, have been charged for conspiracy to commit crime and unlawful training. They were granted bail in the sum of GH¢20,000 with a surety each.
They had pleaded not guilty. Captain (rtd) Koda, was also kept in BNI custody for over 48 hours before he was released.
Mr Bani at the time assured Ghanaians of the commitment of the security agencies and government to provide the required and utmost security to all.
“Should the need arise for any stakeholder to opt for private security as we have witnessed under this index case, we strongly advise that the mandatory legal processes are followed and exhausted. The peace, security and stability of our dear nation and its people shall always remain paramount to government,” the statement advised.
BELOW IS THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR’s STATEMENT IN 2016
PRESS RELEASE: ARREST OF THREE (3) SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONALS
1. Three (3) South-African Nationals namely, Ahmed Shaik HAZIS, Denver Dwayne NAIDU and Mlungiseleli JOKANI were arrested on 20/03/16 at EL CAPITANO Hotel at AGONA DUAKWA in the Central Region by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI). They were arrested while training fifteen (15) men in various security drills.
2. Two (2) of the suspects, JOKANI and NAIDU arrived in the country on 14/03/16 on South-African passport numbers A05213410 and M00096231 respectively. HAZIS arrived on 05/03/16 with Passport Number M00052092. HAZIS has visited Ghana several times between 2012 and 2016. They came into the country on B1 visas (temporary visas) for business.
3. The three (3) trainers revealed that they are retired police officers of the South-African Police Force. Mr. HAZIS is employed by iMvula Quality Protection as Director of Operations. NAIDU and JOKANI are employed by GLAEXEC Protection Services (GPS) (PTY Limited) of South-Africa as Directors.
4. A comprehensive report on the operations of Superlock Technologies Limited (STL) and an assessment of some key staff’s vulnerability for possible compromise was retrieved from HAZIS’S room. STL is the company contracted by the Electoral Commission to transmit tallied election results.
5. HAZIS denied authoring the document but indicated that it was given to him by DANI ISAACA, an Israeli based in South- Africa. HAZIS claimed he had not read the document which had been in his possession for about three (3) weeks. During interrogation it was evident that he was conversant with the content of the document.
6. The suspects denied that they were invited by Captain Kwesi ACQUAH, owner of Delta Force Security. However, all items for the training were shipped in the name of Delta Force Security and his hotel, El Capitano was used for the training. Captain Acquah was released from the Ghana Army in 1980.
7. HAZIS, the leader of the team, revealed that Captain Edmund Kojo KODA, Head of Nana Akufo ADDO’s Personal Security, who was in the Ghana Army at the same time as Captain Acquah, contracted him to train the Flagbearer’s Security detail and he in turn engaged the other two (2). He also disclosed that he was in the country in 2012 and worked closely with Captain KODA during the 2012 elections. As a young officer, Captain Koda had been involved in the AFRC regime. Following accusations of corruption he was convicted together with a colleague and incarcerated in the Ussher Fort Prison. They subsequently escaped during a jail break and went into exile outside Ghana.
8. Captain Koda’s current arrest comes on the heels of a previous security alert in 2014, after his name popped up in a National Security investigation of the activities of some Serbian nationals who were brought into the country to train selected people drawn from across the country in the art of civil insurrection. A training dubbed “Assaulting the pillars of power”.
9. During interrogation, Captain ACQUAH denied the claim that he invited the South Africans but indicated that Captain KODA requested to use his facility (EL CAPITANO Hotel) for the training of his personnel. He also indicated that it was purely a business arrangement with Captain KODA and nothing else. CAPTAIN KODA on his part confirmed that he invited the suspects to train his personnel. Captain KODA conceded that with hindsight he should have sought permission from the authorities before engaging in that exercise.
10. A review of the visa applications submitted by the three (3) South Africans revealed that two (2) of the suspects (JOKANI and NAIDU) were invited by Dr. Daniel MCKORLEY, Chairman, McDan Group of Companies while HAZIS was invited by Nana Attobrah QUAICOE, Director of Danquah Institute (DI). Efforts to reach the two gentlemen for questioning have so far not been successful.
11. Both Captains KODA and ACQUAH have been granted police inquiry bail pending further investigation.
12. On 23/03/16, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) started an investigation into the immigration status of the three (3) accused persons and requested the BNI to hand them over for further action. They were therefore released on 24/03/16 to the GIS as requested. Meanwhile, in line with regular practice the GIS requested that the BNI provide custody of the suspects. 13. During the course of investigation, the following places were searched: Captain KODA’s residence, Captain ACQUAH’s residence and Hotel El Capitano.
14. The security agencies of Ghana can assure the citizenry, political stakeholders and all who deem themselves to be high value targets to be assured of the commitment of the security agencies and government to provide the required and utmost security as has been exhibited since the commencement of our current democratic dispensation. Should the need arise for any stakeholder to opt for private security as we have witnessed under this index case, we strongly advise that the mandatory legal processes are followed and exhausted. The peace, security and stability of our dear nation and its people shall always remain paramount to government.
PROSPER D.K. BANI
MINISTER FOR THE INTERIOR
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