- Kwaku Baako says Mahama and NDC issued Gitmo 2 detainees Ghanaian passport
- The journalist exposed that the NDC administration changed the names of the Gitmo 2
It has emerged that the two ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees being hosted in Ghana were issued Ghanaian passports and other travel documents.
According to the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako, the ex-Mahama administration succeeded in changing the names of the two ex-convicts before issuing them with the passports.
Speaking on Joy News’ News file, Kwaaku Baako revealed that the NDC government processed the documents for the ex-Gitmo Two detainees on the blind side of the Ghana Refugee Board.
Though the veteran journalist did not disclosed the new names given to them, he said the travel documents were given them without the recourse to the law.
“It was processed in a very different way in collaboration with the National Security…not the entirety of the [Refugee] Board was aware of it”, Mr Baako said on Saturday.
Mr Baako’s latest exposé on the Gitmo Two saga has stunned many Ghanaians with some individuals expressing shock at the Mahama administration for such move.
However, Kwaku Baako’s claim has been confirmed by the Majority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.
“There is no way the two detainees will be deported because they are now refugees in the country. When we took over power, it was revealed that the Mahama administration wanted to change their names so they can be part of us. They have secured them Ghanaian passports,” Osei Kyei Mensa told Accra-based Adom FM on Thursday, January 25.
Meanwhile, a former NDC Minister Innusah Fuseini has justified the move by the Mahama government, insisting the requirement was part of the agreement signed by the US government.
Mr Fuseini explained, the government needed to facilitate their integration into Ghanaian society after the two years agreement with the US government for them to be hosted in the country.
“Integration meant that we have to give them an opportunity to open bank accounts so they needed identification…so they applied to the Ghana Refugee Board [which] gave them a refugee document,” the former Lands Minister said.
Innusah Fuseini also added that, “but the US government raised concerns about the decision by Ghana to issue travel documents to the duo since they were not to travel outside of the host country”.
“So government then retrieved the passports after opening their bank accounts and accessing NHIS and handed them over to the National Security”, Inusah Fuseini said.
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