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General News Tue, 24 Feb 2004

NRC Quizzes 3 Ex-Security Capos

Three of the nation?s former intelligence capos, Kofi Bentum Quantson, Peter Nanfuri and Baffour Assasie-Gyimah appeared before the National Reconciliation Commission between Monday February 16 and Wednesday, February 18 in camera.

A source closed to the NRC, which disclosed this to ?The Evening News? will not elaborate. Neither would officials at the Commission confirm or deny it. Coming at the heels of the media hype and politically explosive appearances in the preceding week?s debate over who did what and for what purpose, perhaps it was the most reasonable decision yet take by the Commission to avert a national security disaster. The three, Quantson, Nanfuri and Assasie-Gyimah hold between them an appreciably large security data of the country both historic and contemporary.

They happen also to have served the longest in their various capacities in the area of intelligence from the 1960s until a few years ago. Although Ghanaians were prudently by the NRC from hearing at first hand the scheming and movements of intelligence reports in the country, it does not take a genius to figure out what they must have testified about before the Commission.

Last week, the former Head of National Security, Captain (rtd) Kojo Tsikata and his long standing compatriot, former President Jerry John Rawlings, appeared before the commission under subpoena to testify in respect of the abduction and killing of the three High Court Judges and a retired Army Officer and alleged extra judicial killings at the Airforce base respectively.

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One of the issues that came up during Captain Tsikats?s testimony before the Commission was his allegation that the current Head of National Security, Mr. Francis Poku, together with others tortured him after his arrest in 1975 for allegedly ploting to topple Acheampong?s Military government.

So far, the testimony of Assasie Gyimah in respect of some other complaints has been heard openly, especially in the case of Mr. Kwabena Agyepong.

However, it would be interesting to know whether Mr. Quantson who worked with virtually every regime since independence said anything markedly different from what he had already stated in his book

Source: Evening News
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