National Security Director sacked over Caleb Kudah assault given top military appointment

When the National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah, released a statement detailing actions taken against three policemen and the Director of Operations at the National Security Ministry, some critics said it was the usual way to reshuffle them and leave them when public outrage waned.

The critics did not have to wait too long to be proven right. Within 24 hours after the minister’s statement announcing the sacking of Lt. Col. Frank Agyeman as the National Security’s Director of Operations, he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the 64 Infantry Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces.

Lt. Col. Frank Agyeman and the three policemen had been investigated for assaulting Citi FM’s Caleb Kudah, who was said to have illegally filmed some abandoned vehicles belonging to the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC).

The journalist said he was assaulted by the National Security operatives led by Lt. Col. Frank Agyeman.

“They pushed me and I sat on the chair. They [National Security operatives] slapped me from the back. I was trying to appeal to them that they had beaten me enough, but they were just slapping me from the back,” Caleb Kudah said after his release.

“I’ll be talking to another one and someone will just come and slap me from the back.”

The Ministry of National Security promised to investigate the incident, and it did so swiftly. The investigative committee, according to the ministry, “established that the conduct of Lieutenant Colonel Frank Agyeman (Director of Operations) and some police officers at the Ministry on the said day was inappropriate and contravened the Ministry’s standard operating procedures.”

The press statement signed by Mr. Kan-Dapaah said, “The secondment of Lieutenant Colonel Frank Agyeman (Director of Operations) at the Ministry has been reversed. The officer is to report to the Chief of Defence Staff for further investigation and appropriate action.”

The statement added that the “three (3) police officers involved have been withdrawn and are to report to the Ghana Police Service for investigation and disciplinary action.”

The minister’s press statement was dated May 20, 2021.

The following day (May 21, 2021), Lt. Col. Frank Agyeman was made the Commanding Officer of the 64 Infantry Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The  64 Infantry Regiment is the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).As the Commando Unit of the military in the 1980s and early 1990s, the regiment was notorious for human rights abuses.

A Military Secretary (MS) publication labeled “Restricted” and sighted by The Fourth Estate said “Lt. Col. FK Agyeman (GH/3306)” was moving from the Army Headquarters, where he was before his secondment to the National Security Ministry.  His new position puts him in charge of the 64 Infantry Regiment.

Even though he will still be on the same rank, our sources in the military view the appointment as a promotion, because he will now head a unit.

The MS publication, according to our military sources, came from the office of the Chief of Defence Staff, which is supposed to investigate Lt. Col. Frank Agyeman and take further actions.

When The Fourth Estate contacted the Director of Public Relations at the Ghana Armed Forces, Col. Eric Aggrey Quarshie, he declined to comment on the matter.

Our sources at the Ministry of Defence, however, say the ministry has noted with concern the manner in which Lt. Col. Frank Agyeman was appointed and will resolve it.

23 COMMENTS

  1. All these are party faithfuls doing the bidding of their masters and they are rewarded for it.

    In the end it’s Ghana that looses.

  2. Is a pity …this old folks have no shame. they keep discussing the youth as if WE ARE THE PROBLEM but seriously posterity will JUGDE them very hashly.
    GHANA HAS NO LEADER. ITS ABOUT TIME WE STOP WASTING TIME TO VOTE AND STATE RESOURCES TO RUN ELECTIONS. totally useless.

  3. Twea. Ministry of Defence said they will do what? Politicians seek to empower people like Frank Agyeman who have seard conscience and do not care what pain they inflict on others. They are used as weapons to silent people whose genuine work make politicians unpopular.

    We all said this from day one and they did not even have the decency to give it time. They can’t help it. It is in their DNA to hail the most brutal and indiscipline breed among them.

  4. Lord have mercy.. when will the likes of Aplus say Tsoo boi!!! man verse rough… i am just waiting for the that day and they will see how outraged we are as a country..

    • Government interfering with the affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces with such reckless abandon. It’s unacceptable to comrades who are due for such promotions but have been ignored or denied because they are politically neutral and loyal to the state of Ghana. Not fair! We are watching…

  5. Its sad to be a Ghanaian especially under the watch of these politricians. Am not playing politics but Akufo- Addo has surprised me. This man made me understand that every rot and inhumane activity will be rooted out when given the mandate. Indeed, I’ve cone to know that talk is cheap. The Lord alone we look up to.

  6. Its sad to be a Ghanaian especially under the watch of these politricians. Am not playing politics but Akufo- Addo has surprised me. This man made me understand that every rot and inhumane activity will be rooted out when given the mandate. Indeed, I’ve come to know that talk is cheap. The Lord alone we look up to.

  7. People are being rewarded for their misconduct with investigations still pending. I always say our leaders are breeding monsters that will attack us all oneday(leaders included). They are virtually mercenaries with no loyalty. If an external entity pays for them to takeover it will happen.

  8. Talking about “these old folks,” I have my own resentment but am quite for fear of being cited for ageism. They are everywhere: public universities, the MMDAs, state-owned enterprises, name it. After massaging their ages for God-knows-how-long, they now take up “post-retirement contracts” when they no longer can tamper with their ages, which contracts are mostly also renewable. The poor boy from Saltpond defying all odds to obtain two degrees now has to wait until one of them dies before he can get a job. To side with my former anthropology cum Africa studies facilitator at the J-school, Frimpong Manso, Esq, I pray there be a catastrophe to wipe off all these folks to better the poor graduates’ chances of getting jobs. Or perhaps, a coup and an aftermath of mass killings of sixty-and-plus-year-olds still hogging their jobs.
    Manasseh, good writing skills!

  9. How many of our journalists understand security architecture in the country?
    We must be careful with the news on security matters. No country allows its security to be censored by another institution without proper authorization

    • If what the journalist did was wrong then why was the National Security Director sack and what are they actually insinuating by sacking him or it’s was just some mind games🤷‍♂️

    • If what the journalist did was wrong then why was the National Security Director sack and what are they actually insinuating by sacking him or it’s was just some mind games🤷‍♂️

  10. I don’t understand Fred oo, that this is a security issue so we are not suppose to know what is going on, regarding to issues like this? Hmmm
    That’s why the white will keep insulting us.

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