De-Eye group not a threat to national security – Minister

The Minister of State in charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong, has said the people responsible for manning the lawn of Christiansborg Castle must answer why they allowed De-Eye Group on their space.

According to him, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the organisation, Nana Wireko, alias Choman, who is a former presidential bodyguard, started the company from the Castle but was sent out of the place in October 2018.

“We are also aware that Nana Wireko, alias Choman, started his company from his former secretariat at the Castle, where we warned him on two occasions and arrested him, threw him out of the office and shut it down in October on our third encounter with him. It has not come to our notice that he’d had access to the office since… Their new office is located at Dzorwulu,” he said.

He also revealed that some persons continue to visit the erstwhile seat of government in search of the company although it has relocated.

“We are also aware that due to their extensive marketing efforts on TV, radio, website and their placement success rate, a lot of unsuspecting unemployed continued to visit the Castle in search of De-Eye group.”
In the Facebook post, Bryan Acheampong said that the existence of De-eye group, a company alleged to be training pro-government militias, does not pose any security threat to the state.

He said National Security was aware of all the activities undertaken by the company and is convinced that the group is not a vigilante group.

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“At no time did we see these people conducting any training regime that we will consider a security threat. You can be sure that we have the men, masked and unmasked, to suppress any threat to our peace and security if indeed there is one,” he said in a Facebook post.

“Nobody seeing these innocent job seeking young men and women can conclude that they are a vigilante group or militia. In fact, they don’t pass for a school cadet,” he added.

Bryan Acheampong, in the Facebook post, indicated that so far as the government is concerned, the group is a private job recruitment agency only involved in securing jobs for unemployed young people at a fee.

“We did all the works and assured ourselves that De Eye group was not a Vigilante Group (truest form and interpretation), Militia, or criminal organisation.

“Importantly, we did not classify or see their operation as a threat to the state and or government.

“Indeed, we are privy to every facet of their operations, which primarily involves soliciting young unemployed persons, writing to companies and agencies for job openings, seeking to place their young unemployed clients into employment opportunities and charging them a fee for their services,” he said.