• Thu. Aug 4th, 2022

Bagbin’s security detail must be kept a closely guarded secret.

A top Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Seidu Alidu,, has stated that the security detail of Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin should be kept hidden and not made public as has been the case in recent years.

The security details of the chiefs of the three branches of government, he believes, should remain hidden.

Dr. Seidu Alidu told Joy FM in Accra on Monday, January 17 that because the president (Nana Akufo-Addo) and the Vice President’s (Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia) security detail are already shrouded in secrecy, similar courtesy must be offered to the Speaker.

“I’m not sure how the Speaker’s bodyguards or security detail should be organized in military terms, or who should be allowed in and who shouldn’t be let out.” Under normal conditions, I believe this should have been kept top secret. We don’t know how many personnel are in the president’s security detail…their composition…the vice president’s composition…and the Speaker’s composition…because this is supposed to be a top-level secret,” he said.

The subject of Alban Bagbin’s security details has resurfaced in recent weeks after the Chief of Defense Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Major General N. P. Andoh, requested the evacuation of four military officers attached to his office in a letter to the Speaker on January 11.

WOII Apugiba Awine David, S/Sgt Agbley Prosper, WO1 Jafaru Bunwura, and Sgt. Bonney Princes, he claimed, were dispatched “without the required protocol.”

Since then, the Minority has raised red flags regarding the military men’s departure, claiming that it was an attempt by the administration to put the Speaker in danger.

They also believe it is an attempt to silence the speaker and force him to do the government’s bidding.
The Majority group, on the other hand, has denied claims that the decision is politically motivated.

They point out that Speaker Alban Bagbin has the “highest number of security staff… that none of the prior Speakers have had.”

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