Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has condemned the modus operandi used by the National Security in its quest to facilitate the removal of the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, DCOP Ayensu Opare Addo.
This comes after the National Security Coordinator, Major General Francis Adu Amanfo (Rtd) explained that DCOP Opare Addo’s continuous presence at the Ashanti Regional office of the National Security Ministry is illegitimate because his contract has expired.
As such, he stated that the team was deployed from the capital, Accra, tasked to mitigate and facilitate the handing and taking over the process.
“He had no locus to be in the office because a new officer had been appointed and he should have handed over to the officer and he says he won’t hand over. His contract expired, and it was not renewed. I understand that it wasn’t renewed because of non-performance and his own criminal activities,” he said.
But reacting to this on Joy FM’s Newsfile Saturday, Mr Baako stated that the Ashanti Region Police Commander was best placed to handle the situation instead of the National Security Agency.
In his view, the National Security should have engaged with the Regional Police Commander, COP Kwasi Mensah Duku before invading the DCOP Opare Addo’s office.
“I would have asked the Regional Police Command to be in charge of that operation. And also you are using psycho-analysis and intelligent everything. This is a former police person, it would be more comfortable when you want to eject him from the office for whatever reasons,” he told host Samson Lardy Ayenini.
Meanwhile, DCOP Opare Addo has already vowed to take appropriate action following his attempted forceful removal from office.
He described the ordeal he went through in the hands of the seven men who purported to be National Security operatives, as humiliating.
Recounting how he was harassed, the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator said they assaulted him and pointed AK 47 at him and at a point hit him with the bat of the gun.
“Even when I was going to urinate one of the boys followed me and said he was following me to the toilet, I said what do you mean? He said but you’re a man, I am also a man, I can look at it because you can also look at mine. I said why! Am I a baby? So I am not going to look at this without taking any action,” he said.
DCOP Opare Addo believes he was targeted by the group because he prevented them from engaging in illegal mining activities in the region.
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