President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was briefed before the government of former President John Dramani Mahama accepted the transfer of two Guantanamo Bay detainees to the country by the United States of America.
This was disclosed by a former Member of Parliament, George Loh, who also revealed that about $300,000 was contributed by the US for the upkeep of the two for the two years they are to stay in Ghana.
Speaking on The Big Issue, a radio programme, the former MP, who was addressing security concerns being expressed by many over the continual stay of the detainees, said during his time in Parliament, he was privy to sensitive information on the matter, adding that due diligence, security-wise, was done on the matter, and key stakeholders were briefed, ahead of the transfer of the two Yemen nationals.
“I know IMANI was briefed before they came in. I know Nana Akufo-Addo was briefed before they came in. I know all the key stakeholders in this country were given a proper briefing”, he said.
The President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, who was also on the show, confirmed he was briefed before the two were brought into the country, indicating also that a lot of the information surrounding the deal was sensitive.
“In the heat of the public uproar, I was briefed. I got a call all the way from the States… I got two calls, one possibly just before they were brought, and another one when the matter became public as well,” Mr. Cudjoe said.
Continuing, George Loh said: “Some of the things are so security sensitive that you cannot come and run your mouth in the public domain. A lot of the things are done at a security level. American security will not put anything in writing and send formally for somebody to intercept and put out there.
“The modalities were worked out one after the other. We had our people travel out there. We even had General Smith, who was our ambassador at the time, go and look at the people and inspect them and debrief them before they came here.”