Mr Blay’s accusations follow the arrest and detention, by the BNI, of three South African ex-police officers: Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (rtd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwayhe, 33; and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45; for giving unlawful training to some 15 men meant to be bodyguards for NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo.
The three have been charged with unlawful training and false declaration. They were arraigned before court on Thursday. They pleaded not guilty. The BNI is still holding them in detention despite an order by the court for them to be taken to the court’s registry pending bail – a situation which has angered their lawyer, Samuel Atta Akyea.
The NDC’s deputy general secretary Koku Anyidoho has described the three ex-cops as “mercenaries” whom the NPP flagbearer intends using to foment trouble in the upcoming November polls – a charge rebuffed by the leaders of the NPP, who say the former police officers were just training the 15 men about how to control crowds.