The Ministry of National Security has been charged to ensure that any personnel in the outfit that manhandled Citi FM journalist Caleb Kudah last week is severely dealt with to serve a deterrent to other abusive officials.
Private legal practitioner Alexander Twum-Barimah who made that call also urged the Government to establish an independent inquiry to look into complaints of Journalists and individuals who have been unfairly abused by National Security operatives.
The National Security Ministry has come under a barrage of criticisms after Caleb Kudah, who went to the National Security Secretariat to film some vehicles that have been grounded at the firm, was arrested and allegedly abused.
The premises of the Adabraka-based Citi FM was later raided in a war-style by the operatives who went to arrest another journalist Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo who had received the footages from Kudah earlier.
The government has come under pressure to punish those that led the abuse on the journalist, with the Ghana Journalists Association, Media Foundation for West Africa and other CSOs calling for a thorough probe into the matter.
Reacting to the issue on Morning Update on TV XYZ, Mr Twum-Barimah condemned the alleged assault on the reporter and said the ministry had failed to deliver on the legitimate mandate as an intelligent- gathering unit of the state.
He said, the National Security operatives have constantly abused the power vested in them by the state whilst the government has refused to call them to order.
“All deviant officers and NPP party hoodlums intimately responsible for the unfair treatment of journalists and individuals must be made to face the law accordingly,” Twum-Barimah argued.
To him, the media has the right, whether direct or indirectly, to fish out for information without permission from the National Security if only the information is in the interest of the country.
He recalled how the Akufo-Addo government has condoned such lawless activities, stressing that DSP Azugu who allegedly led thugs to assault some Ghanaians during the Ayawoso West Wuogon by-election was not punished although the Commission of Enquiry set up by the government to probe the dastard act called for him to be punished.
He said it was a disturbing situation that Ghanaians have to live with under the New Patriotic Party (NPP)-led administration.
“Nana Addo went to Otumfuo to made pronouncement that the atrocities of party vigilantes would be curbed but just recently, we heard about how Delta force handcuffed a security capo and dealt with him. Lawlessness has taken space under this government,” the former police officer fumed.
By Odoom lawrence| Myxyzonline.com|Ghana