Mr Ambrose Dery, Minister for the Interior

Minister for the Interior Mr Ambrose Dery has scolded the National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for threatening officers of the security agencies including the police and military with merciless treatment if his party wins the 2020 general election.

Speaking to journalists at the Parliament House in Accra on Monday, the Interior Minister urged the security officers and personnel to ignore the threats from the NDC’s spokesperson and treat it with the contempt it deserves.

“We do not have police or soldiers who are doing the bidding of the NPP. No, we don’t have that. What I know is that we’re dealing with a professional situation and that is what we respect,” Mr Dery stated in response to question.

Mr Gyamfi had claimed that some security officers were doing the bidding of the governing NPP, threatening that a future NDC Government will fish out such officers and deal with them mercilessly.

“The police officers and the military officers are making their career conterminous with that of President Akufo-Addo. The day President Akufo-Addo exits office will be the last day they will serve as policemen and military men and we will deal with them mercilessly”, Mr Gyamfi maintained.

He was reported to have described the Akufo-Addo led NPP Government as despotic and called the security officials as “unscrupulous” persons who abetted with the Government as agents of violence against innocent citizens.

However, Mr Ambrose Dery noted that Government respect people’s rights but he does not find the stance of Mr Gyamfi to be reasonable.

“For anybody to threaten professionals who are employed, have their fundamental rights in consonance with the Constitution, that when they come to power they will relieve them of their positions, I do not find that to be a reasonable position,” he stated.

Mr Dery called for respect for the security agencies and cautioned the NDC that “if they think that they will come to power and throw people away, there is due process in this country.

“People will go where they have to go and defend themselves. But what I can assure you is that this government is not using security agencies for its parochial purposes.”