Officials of the South African High Commission in Accra, Ghana have completed interrogating three arrested South African ex-police officers suspected of undertaking covert operations deemed inimical to the nation’s security.
The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) earlier this week arrested Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (Rtd.), WO/Denver Dwayhe Naidu (Rtd.) and Captain Mlungiseleli Jokani (Rtd.) after reports were made that they were training a group of men in armed and non-armed combat operations.
The BNI said in a release, “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.”
After a diplomatic collaboration between the two governments, the South African High Commission was granted access to the men for interrogations on Tuesday morning.
The main opposition party in Ghana, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has been linked to the presence of the three ex-police officers in Ghana and have subsequently released a statement to condemn their arrest. The NPP says the men are in the country to train the personal security detail of its flag-bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
Reports say the issue has prompted a debate in the top echelons of the police service on whether or not presidential-caliber security should be arranged for politicians seeking the president’s office.
Meanwhile, some political parties have criticized the NPP for the development.
The three men are expected to be arraigned before the Accra High Court on Tuesday, March 23.