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General News Thu, 31 May 2001

NDC denies front-page story of Guide

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday denied a story in the May 28 edition of the Daily Guide, which alleged that Former President, Flt. Lt. J. J. Rawlings has accepted the Police bodyguards detailed to guard him.

A release signed by Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, General Secretary of the party, described the story as "deliberately misleading."

It is a "desperate attempt by the writer to salvage the image of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government relative to its handling of former President Rawlings' personal security."

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It said although Former President Rawlings has not officially agreed to the new arrangement, "he has on humanitarian grounds been seeing to their general welfare as it is clear that they are virtually left in the streets by those who sent them there."

The release said the security detail from the Ghana Police Service are not within the Former President's residence, but are limited to patrolling the streets adjoining his residence.

According to the release, "it is obvious that the NPP government is not concerned with the real security of Former President Rawlings. If it was, the government will not be sending police men to patrol his premises without adequate arrangements for their maintenance."

Source: GNA
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