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Joy News exposé: Gov’t denies Osu Castle is a “security zone”

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says the Osu Castle is not a security zone

Government has denied that the Christiansborg Castle, popularly known as the Osu Castle, is a security zone.
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in a statement said the property which used to be the seat of government for many years is neither an annex of the presidency.

“Indeed it is a facility operated by the Museums and Monuments Board, after President Akufo-Addo, on March 5, 2017, tasked the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to spearhead its transformation into a museum.
“The general public may refer to news items of March 5, 2017, the date on which President Akufo-Addo gave that directive,” the statement added.

The denial comes on the back of a Joy News documentary which revealed how a pro-New Patriotic Party militia group is being trained as the Osu Castle.
The undercover work carried out by Manasseh Azure Awuni, disclosed how a former bodyguard of the president led the training of the militia group, De-Eye, on the grounds of public property.
Operating for the past two years, Manasseh found that the group had already provided security for a number of government functions of which the president had taken part in.
A leader of the group, Nana Wireko Addo in the undercover work, after one of such functions, conveyed President Akufo-Addo’s warm impressions of the group when they provided security for an event at the International Conference Centre in 2018.

Members of the group, dressed in black suits with white shirts during one of their meetings 
The documentary has come as a shock to the nation, especially at a time when President Akufo-Addo has himself tasked the two leading political parties – NPP and NDC – to meet and find a solution to the party militia menace in the country.

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The Minority in Parliament are calling for the immediate resignation of the President saying he has “lost all moral right” to occupy the highest office of the land.
But the government will have none of that.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
At a press conference, Mr Oppong Nkrumah, who is also MP for Ofoase-Ayirebi denied among other things that the young men and women who converge at the Castle thrice a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – are a militia group under training.
He added that describing the Castle as a security zone as was done by Manasseh in his documentary, is upsetting.
“The narrative in Manasseh’s promotion, in particular, that connotes the Castle, Osu, as a “Security Zone”, which is being used to train militia and vigilantes, is most worrying,” the Minister said.
“Indeed, if this group was still operating from the Castle, wouldn’t the Commission of Inquiry currently looking into the events at the Ayawaso West Wuogon election have noticed them by now,” he queried.

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