A renowned Criminologist and Dean-Faculty of Law at Central University College (CUC), Professor Ken Attafuah has disclosed that the argument about the three South Africa Security Experts training some young men will amount to nothing.
According to him, there is nothing criminal about training some people on weapon handling, VIP protection techniques but believes the issue with them is due to the fact that they are not Ghanaian security experts.
“If not the fact that they are foreigners but Ghanaians training these young Ghanaians on weapon handling, other than protecting Nana Akufo-Addo, all these things are taught everyday in the country; it is not a new thing. The police and the military train people on such areas; security companies go through these types of training”, he argued.
Speaking on Okay Fm’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show, Professor Attafuah urged Ghanaians to exercise patience to allow the BNI and the court to find out the specific law the South Africans have violated.
He insisted Ghana law allows everybody to protect themselves except that the law does not permit the use of unlicensed weapon; stressing it has not been established that the young Ghanaians were trained with unlicensed live ammunitions.
He again mentioned that even if the foreigners violated the Immigration rules, it will not make their work at Agona Duakwa in the Central Region illegitimate as the law gives permit to registered security companies in the country to be trained by security consultants.
Professor Attafuah schooled that in the case of the three South Africans, local security company called Delta Security employed the service of the three security experts to train 15 young men who are security personnel for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He was however definite that if indeed the three security experts from South Africa are ex-policemen, then the law allows them to carry guns to train the young people in security alert techniques.
To him, the legitimate questions to ask are to find out “who is conducting the training and who are they doing for? What is the purpose of training the young people? Those conducting the training, do they have permit or license to train others and do they have the skills and knowledge to equip others?”
Per these questions, Professor Attafuah said if one of these questions are not answered ‘yes’ does not mean they have flouted any law in the country; emphasising that the training conducted by the three South Africa security experts has no security implication in Ghana.
“Our criminal laws are specifics but there is no specific law in Ghana that forbids the three security experts from conducting training”, he argued.
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