The Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) has arrested three South African former police officers in the Central Region for allegedly engaging in acts that threaten the country’s security.
The three, 54-year-old Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (Rtd.), 39-year–old WO/ Denver Dwayhe Naidu (Rtd.) and 45-year-old Captain Mlungiseleli Jokani (Rtd.), were picked up on Sunday March 20, 2016 at El Capitano Hotel in Agona Duakwa in the Central Region.
“The trio, all ex-police officers were engaged in training fifteen young men in various military drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response maneuvers,” according to a BNI document.
Hazis the leader of the three has reportedly disclosed to BNI officials that they were brought into the country by one Capt. Koda, head of security detail for NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to the BNI document, the trio was conducting the security drills on the pretext that the men were being trained for Delta Force Security, owned by Capt Kwesi Acquah (Rtd).
The El-Capitano Hotel, where the three former South African ex-servicemen were staying is also owned by Capt Acquah (Rtd).
“The said training raises security issues given the heightened security awareness in the country following some terrorist attacks in the sub-region,” the document states.
The BNI says the suspects claim they are security management consultants, with Hazis disclosing that he was part of Nana Akufo-Addo’s security detail during the 2012 elections but left the country soon after.
“Strangely, however, when the Police and BNI operatives went to the hotel to ascertain their mission they were refused entry by the trainees. However, the security operatives finally entered the place and conducted a search on them. Surprisingly, a comprehensive report on the operations of Superlock Technologies Ltd (STL) was found in the possession of Hazis. The document contained a detailed profile of all the workers of STL, past and present and went on to identify key staff members, giving an assessment of their strengths and vulnerabilities with the view to possibly compromising them so as to get them commit acts that will tend to favour a particular party in the 2016 elections, using the STL security infrastructure. Images of all workers of STL were also contained in the document,” said the BNI briefing document.
Although Hazis has denied authoring the document, BNI officials say he failed to provide a convincing explanation regarding how the document came to be in his possession.
It will be recalled that the Electoral Commission (EC) engaged STL for the transmission of collated results to the EC during the 2012 general elections, the outcome of which was rejected by the NPP until same was endorsed by the Supreme Court.
BNI says a perusal of the passports of the three suspects indicate that they entered the country weeks ago on business visas issued by Ghana’s mission in Pretoria, South Africa.
“The visas did not entitle them to engage in any kind of contract or business as they were found to be engaged in,” the BNI document revealed.