The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), has asked the government of Ghana to dissolve the SWAT team of the National Security Council Secretariat as recommended by the Emile Short Commission of Inquiry.
The civil society group believes the actions of the team are not healthy for the security of Ghana.
Their call follows the assault of Citi News’ Caleb Kudah and the Rambo-style invasion of the premises of Citi FM/Citi TV in an attempt to arrest Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo, who had received from Caleb, video recordings of abandoned vehicles in a restricted security zone.
In a Citi News interview, monitored by Africa Articles, the Director of Advocacy and Policy Engagement at CDD-Ghana, Kojo Asante, said there is the need to completely review Ghana’s National Security apparatus.
He believes the actions of the security agency are unconstitutional as they are not in tandem with the 1992 constitution of the country.
“For me, on the back of the Ayawaso report, I think we need to come back to the conversation around the reform of National Security. Moreover, we just passed a new National Security Act, and we need to look at the behaviour, the culture and the rest. This idea of the operatives of National Security going here and there doing police [work] and all that is something that the State needs to look at very carefully.”
“I don’t think that is what the constitution prescribes, but this is what the practice has evolved to be, and it must be looked at carefully.”