Giving MPs bodyguards will not affect police operations – Deputy Defence Minister

Deputy Defence Minister, Major Derick Oduro (Rtd), has dismissed concerns that the deployment of 200 police officers to serve as personal bodyguards to MPs will reduce police operational capacity.

He insisted that the police have more than enough personnel and that the decision to seek safety for MPs, as announced by Interior Minister, on Tuesday, will not affect operations of the Police Service.

This follows advice from security analyst, Col. Festus Aboagye, that the move will consequently reduce the number of available personnel for patrols and visibility duties.

But Major Oduro told the parliamentary press corps that such claim is a misnomer.

He further reiterated Interior Minister Ambrose Dery’s claim that crime figures have seen a significant drop due to increased security presence between 2019 and 2020.

Meanwhile, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has also been defending the deployment saying “MPs are also Ghanaians and they deserve protection.”

Mr Iddrisu said MPs have also asked the Interior Minister to ensure general security across the country is improved.

Our demands are not to the disadvantage of security and protection for all other Ghanaian citizens” he explained.



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