Member of Parliament for Banda and First Deputy Minority Whip, Ahmed Ibrahim, believes that the removal of Speaker Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin’s military detachment was on the orders of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
In an interview on News 360 on TV3 on Saturday January 15, the Banda MP stated that news of the removal of the Speaker’s military personnel came as a shock to the Minority in Parliament.
“We are surprised as a minority to hear government withdrawing the military detachment of the speaker.”
According to him, “the speaker is number three, even the EC chair is using about ten Military personnel. So if the Speaker duly requested for four and they have been on duty for over one year, the questions is what has changed? It raises security questions.”
He noted that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is responsible for the removal of the Speaker’s military detachment because he is the Commander-in-chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.
He added that the Minority side of the House will meet on the issue on Monday, January 17, 2022.
This comes after the Ghana Armed Forces ordered the withdrawal of four soldiers who have been working with Speaker Alban Bagbin since he assumed office as Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament on January 7, 2021.
According to the letter from the Ghana Armed Forces sighted by InsiderGH.com, the “military personnel were attached to the Office of the Rt Honourable Speaker of Parliament without the proper procedure.”
“It is humbly requested that the personnel are withdrawn with effect from 14 January 2022 while efforts are made to regularise their attachment,” the statement signed by the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, NP Andoh further stated.