Minister of Interior-designate, Mr. Ambrose Dery, has assured members of the public that under his stewardship the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) will operate within the laws of the country.
Speaking before the Parliamentary Appointments Committee during the vetting session on Saturday, January 21st, Minister of Interior-designate Dery responded to questions from Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea, regarding the powers of the intelligence agency.
“BNI should not be above the law."
Mr. Ambrose Dery also responded to comments from the MP. Abuakwa South, Mr. Samuel Akyea, regarding the presence of a lawyer during interrogations with suspects in BNI custody.
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When there is no lawyer, we achieve negative results and we know that people have been convicted and served sentences and after several years people have come out to say that they were framed up.”
Ghana's incoming Interior Minister pledged to curb instances where the BNI operate outside the law and stated that he would endeavor to work with the new National Security Minister-designate to achieve that goal.
“We must implement Article 17 [of the 1992 Constitution]; we are all equal before the law. I’ll collaborate with my senior Kan-Dapaah [Minister for National Security-designate] because that is an intelligence agency. The commitment to work within the law must be guaranteed. I have suffered it as a lawyer and I don’t intend to condone it,” he stated.