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Kudah arrest: National security report disappointing, says OccupyGhana

The pressure group says it expects more than just a reversal of the secondment of four officers involved in the arrest of Citi FM’s Caleb Kudah

The pressure group OccupyGhana has expressed disappointment in the work of the committee established to investigate the arrest of a Citi FM journalist, Caleb Kudah, by National Security operatives.

The group’s comment comes on the back of the release of a report by the four-member committee tasked by the National Security Minister to investigate last week’s arrest.

Speaking to Nana Yaa Mensah on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Friday, a spokesman for the group, Kweku Segbefia, said that the report leaves much to be desired.

“My first reaction was: ‘Is that it?’ I was expecting something deeper, something better, so when I saw it I was disappointed, obviously in the brevity of the action they took …” he said.

Segbefia added: “First and foremost, is it that the committee then ruled that Caleb Kudah’s entry into the premises of the Ministry of National Security was unlawful, so the committee acted as both prosecutor and judge and passed judgement on the action of the journalist?”

The spokesman said the committee’s work has failed to address the alleged brutalisation and assault of the journalist.

The pressure group says it is maintaining its initial call for the government to set up an independent inquiry into the case.

Background

The Ministry of National Security has concluded its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a Citi FM journalist, Caleb Kudah, and established that its officers’ conduct was “inappropriate and contravened the standard operating procedures” of the ministry.

Consequently, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Agyeman, the director of operations at National Security, and three other officers have been withdrawn from the ministry and asked to report at their respective bases for investigation.

In a press statement, the ministry said: “The secondment of Lieutenant Colonel Frank Agyeman (director of operations) at the ministry has been reversed. The officer is to report to the Chief of Defence Staff for further investigations and appropriate action.”

Three other National Security personnel involved in the arrest have been withdrawn and instructed to report to the Ghana Police Service for investigation.

The National Security probe also concluded that Caleb Kudah’s conduct in pursuing his story was “unlawful”.

Fred Dzakpata

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