A letter available to InsiderGH.com, dated January 11, 2021 from the office of the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces has indicated the withdrawal of the military personnel attached to the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, effective January 14, 2022.
According to the letter which was signed by Major General N. P. Andoh, the five officers who were working with the Speaker, were attached to his office “without proper procedure.”
The letter further stressed that the attachment of WOII Apugiba Awine David, S/Sgt Agbley Prosper, WO1 Jafaru Bunwura and Sgt. Bonney Prince’s attachment to Speaker Bagbin’s office since he assumed office on January 7, 2021, is improper.
“It is humbly requested that the personnel are withdrawn with effect from 14 January 2022 while efforts are made to regularise their attachment,” the letter stated.
However, the letter did not state whether provisions will be made in the interim while an arrangement is made to get the Speaker new military personnel.
Below is the letter;
Meanwhile, the Speaker in reaction to the move said: “The office of the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Alban S.K. Bagbin has taken note of the withdrawal of four military officers posted to assist in the protection of the Speaker. The attempt to strip the Speaker off security protection is untenable. In a country that takes pride in its democratic institutions and processes, the decision to reduce the number of security personnel assigned to the Speaker detracts from the political gains that Ghana has made, and is a bad precedent”.