July 7, 2022

Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery has told Parliament per available records sixty-two (62) police guards assigned to MPs are yet to be issued with pistols.

According to him this can be attributed to the fact that there has been exponential demand for the supply of arms from the armory of the police to the police personnel assigned as bodyguards for MPs, Judges of the Supreme Courts, Ministers of State and Senior Police Officers.

And efforts are, however, underway to procure additional arms and ammunition for the Ghana Police Service to enable them to cater for the remaining 62 bodyguards and others assigned to the Judges of the Supreme Courts, Ministries of State and Senior Police Officers.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ejura-Sekyedumase Muhammad Bawah Braimah wanted to know from the sector Minister when bodyguards assigned to MPs would be properly equipped to carry out their mandate.

 Rt. Hon Speaker, said following his directive to the Police Administration to provide armed police guards for two hundred (200) Members of Parliament, the Police Administration established a Police Steering Committee to see to the implementation of the policy.

The Committee amongst others identified the logistical and accommodation needs of the personnel assigned as armed guards to MPs, the personnel were selected and taken through two weeks basic combat and weapon handling training at the Formed Police Unit (FPU).

 Upon completion of the training, most of the guards were provided with pistols and the necessary logistics required for the protection of the respective MPs.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com