Mahama Must Restrain Gbevlo Lartey –NPP
By Stephen Odoi-Larbi
Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Otanka Obestebi Lamptey has called on President John Mahama to bring to order the National Security Coordinator, Col (Rtd) Gbevlo Lartey, since the politicization of his job has put Ghanaians at risk and brought shame to the country.
According to the NPP Chairman, the recent importation of police uniforms into the country by the National Security Coordinator was a clear indication that Mr. Gbevlo Lartey had overstepped his boundaries and it was time the President called him to order.
“We now call on President Mahama to act and restrain his National Security Coordinator, Col. Gbevlo Lartey from putting our security and safety at risk. It is his job to protect Ghana and Ghanaians, not to expose us to any dangers.
In politicizing his job, he has caused spectacular failures, embarrassing Ghana and putting us at risk and discomfort,” noted Mr. Lamptey.
The NPP Chairman made this observation when he addressed journalists on the importation of Police uniforms by National Security Apparatus at press conference in Accra yesterday.
He said the importation of the police uniforms by the National Security Coordinator, instead of by the Police Service and the Ministry for the Interior, was a clear testimony of the alleged plot by the National Organiser of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Yaw Boateng Gyan, to infiltrate the security services which was recorded on tape.
“The uniforms he has ordered are being delivered in piece meal fashion so that it is impossible to take a full inventory until the conclusion of the order, sometime in the future. In the meantime, these uniforms are now in the system,” argued the NPP Chairman.
A few months ago, a tape recording was broadcast on many radio networks across the country, in which Mr. Yaw Boateng Gyan engaged some suspected NDC loyalists and talked of his scheme to infiltrate the Security Services and manipulate the general elections to the advantage of the ruling party.
In the said tape recording, Mr. Gyan was heard telling his audience about the party’s plans to draft them into a Special Force, whose members would later be given National Security Identification cards to enable them to move freely and cause trouble in some parts of the country during the general elections.
Mr. Gyan was again heard on the tape, telling his audience that the office of the National Security would, at the eleventh hour, complain about lack of staff to properly police the general elections, and the NDC would then come and push the Special Force members into the National Security for training, so that they could work for the party under the guise of being staff of the National Security Service.
When contacted by the various radio networks, Mr. Gyan admitted that the voice on the secretly recorded tape of his purported meeting with some NDC loyalists was indeed his, but insisted that the conversation had nothing to do with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and contained no diabolical plans for the December 7 poll.
The statement on the Yaw Boateng Gyan’s tape and the strange, suspicious circumstances of the importation of these uniforms, Mr. Lamptey noted, creates a sense of disquiet.
He added, “Should any of these uniforms get into the wrong hands or have masqueraders attempting to use them, then citizens are advised that genuine police men and women have their names and numbers on their uniforms and carry official police ID card and a special election ID card. Citizens must demand to see these cards when they suspect that they are dealing with a masquerader.”
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