Captain Edmund Koda (rtd), head of security of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, has sounded the alarm bell, warning that the life of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is in danger as some people are planning to assassinate him ahead of this year’s general election.
His revelation was coming at the time former first lady and National Democratic Party (NDP) founder, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, has also raised an alarm over a threat to her life.
According to Capt Koda, the NPP flagbearer had been placed on the radar of assassins for which he and his men are seeking to increase protection around the opposition party’s leader.
“Our resolve to protect Nana Akufo-Addo is still on course and intact. We will not sit down for anybody to come and kill Akufo-Addo. People have said they would come and kill him and we are leaving no chance,” Captain Koda said in an interview with Hello Fm in Kumasi yesterday.
The head of the NPP flagbearer’s security detail was explaining the circumstances leading to the arrest and detention of a personal photographer and a private bodyguard of Nana Addo by the operatives of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
Kwadwo Kyeremeh and Malik Neequaye were detained Tuesday evening after they refused to fill “personality profile” forms that are said to be meant for suspects who have been taken to custody at the BNI.
They had accompanied Captain Edmond Koda to the BNI office to witness the recovery of some security items, 11 missile detectors and bug detector, which were taken from Capt Koda’s residence some weeks ago during a raid by the BNI operatives.
The search was occasioned by Capt. Koda’s engagement with the three South African security experts who were brought into the country by the NPP to train Nana Addo’s personal bodyguards and were deported to their native country.
Capt. Koda added that they were determined to protect Nana Addo from any possible attempt on his life and would use any available legitimate means to shield him from danger or injury.
“The people who raided the NPP headquarters declared that their next target is Nana Addo’s residence. We heard it from their mouths that they would come and kill him. We can’t sit down for people to come and kill him; not at all,” Capt. Koda indicated and added that they, in-charge of security, were resolute and determined to give Akufo-Addo the needed protection.
He dared those people to make any attempt on Nana Addo’s life and they would “meet their metre,” pointing out that the private security arrangement of the opposition leader equally has the men to counteract any aggressive force.
Capt. Koda asked the public not to worry as they were up to the task to shield Nana Addo from danger, while discounting assertion that the training of private security personnel of the NPP presidential candidate was a breach of the laws of the country.
“Don’t teachers and doctors go for refresher courses? Is there anything wrong with professionals going for refresher courses outside? We are ready to give Nana Addo the needed protection and we will go all out,” he charged.