REPORTS TRICKLING in to the Republic Newspaper/GhanaPoliticsOnline.Com indicate that the alleged illness of Captain Edmund Kojo koda (rtd.), the mastermind in the controversial importation of the three South African mercenaries into Ghana, was a ploy by the NPP to get him out of BNI cells where he has been detained.
Insiders say, Captain Koda is the heartbeat of the opposition New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) planned reign of terror expected to be unleashed ahead of the high-stakes 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
It is believed that his incarceration by the BNI would have significantly paralyzed the plans of the main opposition party.
On Monday, the NPP mobilized hundreds of party members to agitate for his release just moments before the BNI released him. The demonstration which is alleged to have been mobilized by acting party Chairman, Freddy Blay, is also planned to put pressure on the BNI to release three South African ex-Policemen believed to be mercenaries sneaked into the country by Captain Koda through the express endorsement of party flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo.
Captain Koda, 69 years old, was re-arrested alongside the three South African military tacticians on suspicion of unlawfully training party thugs to unleash mayhem.
Captain Koda is notorious for leading the torturing and maiming of civilians during the AFRC/PNDC military government and was instrumental in the military Coup d’état in the late 1970s that ousted the then civilian government of Dr. Hilla Limann.
He was busted for facilitating the entry of the trio: 54-year-old Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (Rtd.), 39-year–old WO/Denver Dwayhe Naidu (Rtd.) and 45-year-old Captain Mlungiseleli Jokani (Rtd.) who all work for Pretoria (South Africa) based mercenary firm named Executive Outcomes. http://ghanapoliticsonline.com
The three foreigners were picked up on Sunday March 20, 2016 at El Capitano Hotel in Agona Duakwa in the Central Region, training NPP operatives in both armed and unarmed combat.
Their company, Executive Outcomes is said to have played decisive roles in many civil wars in Africa, including the wars in Sierra Leone, Angola, etc. It is also said to be currently very influential in Uganda, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa.
The BNI had decided to keep the men in the ring of the military training controversy of NPP operatives, due to a flurry of allegations the bureau picked up concerning threats they posed.
There were reports of stockpiles of dangerous weapons, leading the BNI and National Security Service to raid a couple of locations, including the Weija residence of Captain Koda for the incriminating evidence.
But while these investigations were on-going, the Lawyer for Captain Koda (rtd), Nana Asante Bediatuo, whipped up public sentiments by alleging that his client was not being treated fairly by the BNI and that his rights have been abused under the laws of Ghana.
According to him, while in the BNI custody, Captain Koda was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital for medical attention, where doctors had recommended he stayed there a while longer to be treated but the BNI operatives refused.
This has sent agitations through members of the opposition NPP and was capitalized upon by the party leadership to mobilize them into a protest intended to be staged at the headquarters of the BNI, however, before they could hit the street, the BNI had already concluded plans to release Captain Koda. It is unclear the current fate of the three South African nationals in the custody of the BNI.