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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Alleged Meeting With JJ; National Security Speaks To PEACEFM

National Security Adviser, Brigadier General (rtd) Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, has denied holding any meeting with other security heads and former president Jerry John Rawlings on the murder of the former Deputy Managing Director of the Ghana Commercial Bank, Roko Frimpong.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Information in Accra on Tuesday and signed by James Agyenim- Boateng, Deputy Minister for Information, stated that neither Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah nor the National Security Coordinator Colonel (rtd) Larry Gbevlo-Lartey had ever been invited by the former President to any meeting to discuss the Roko Frimpong murder.

“No security meeting has ever been held at the Jubilee House, part of which now houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” it said.

The statement cautioned the media against the increasing tendency to knowingly and deliberately peddle falsehood with the intention to frame up people, especially government officials and members of the ruling party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“To make up a story knowing very well that there’s no iota of truth in it, and presenting it to the public in the manner that the tabloid did, cannot be said to be good journalistic practice.”

Government says it hopes the new National Media Commission (NMC) will be effective in performing its constitutional role by ensuring that the media work to enhance the country’s development “rather than fan trouble through deliberate falsehood”.

“This definitely is a matter that government will be forwarding to the NMC for action, but we do not think that our newspapers and other media outlets should be engaging in this kind of journalism,” the statement said.

Later in an exclusive interview with Kwami Sefa Kayi on PEACEFM’s “Kokrokoo”, the National Security Adviser, Brigadier General (rtd) Joseph Nunoo-Mensah said there is “absolutely no truth in what the newspaper wrote.”

“…the last time I met the former president was about a month ago…I have only been to the Jubilee House once…but this story is not true…if I had been there, it would have been different, but I don’t even pass by the building when I’m heading to my office…the story is 100% lies…there are a number of things I don’t engage in, chiefly among the things I don’t do is telling lies. I don’t lie, even if it will lead to my death I always tell the truth…this is not the first time some newspaper have carried publications which are totally false….i support press freedom…but it’s not fair and proper to indulge in fibbing, especially knowing very well that you are not telling the truth…,” the security capo said to Sefa Kayi.

Source: Peacefmonline with some information from Ministry of Information

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