THE National Security Coordinator, Lt Col Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (retd), has exonerated the National Organiser of the ruling party, Mr Yaw Boateng-Gyan, over a controversial leaked tape in which he (organiser) was plotting to infiltrate the National Security with party loyalists.
He told Joy News yesterday that the controversial Yaw Boateng-Gyan tape “has nothing of value worth investigating.”
Lt.Col. Gbevlo Lartey confirmed preliminary interrogation of the National Organiser of the ruling party but said they found nothing wrong with the contents of the tape.
The National Security yielded to the calls by civil society groups and began investigations but Gbevlo Lartey said having listened to the tape not less than five times he was convinced there was “nothing criminal” in the tape which warrants any investigation.
He said if there are questions to answer, it is the sections of the media who he said fabricated stories about the controversial tape.
"I have listened to the tape not less than five times"... and "have not found anything wrong with it.”
“If there is something to investigate we will investigate,” he noted but National Security will not be lured to go fishing for something which has no security implication on the country, he added.
He said contrary to claims on the tape, the National Security at no point issued ID cards to persons who were not entitled to them, adding, even the National Organiser of the party was not informed on how recruitment is made into the Special Forces of the Ghana Army.
When he was asked if he was bothered by the part of the tape that had the loyalists tracking the movements of the NPP member and former Attorney General, Lt. Col Lartey said he has not listened to that part of the audio.
He said Ayikoi Otoo is at liberty to proceed to court if it is the case that he considers the content of the tape a threat on his life
Lt. Col Lartey is also yet to listen to another tape involving the Member of Parliament of Assin North Kennedy Agyapong who is allegedly boasting of recruiting over a thousand thugs ahead of the 2008 elections.
He said he was not in office when the alleged recruitment was made but assured that nobody will be able to recruit any thug in the upcoming elections.
A tape recording purported to have the voices of Mr Yaw Boateng Gyan, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) National Organiser, and some unidentified persons stirred the political waters last week.
The 35-minute tape was suspected to have been recorded in a meeting with some unidentified party foot soldiers and had Mr Boateng-Gyan discussing plans to draft them into a Special Force of the Ghana Armed Forces whose members would later be given National Security identification cards to enable them to infiltrate the ranks of some parties especially the National Democratic Party (NDP).
The plan, according to the voices, was to find information about the strategies of the NDP and its likely impact on the fortunes of the NDC in the December elections.
It also made reference to issuing the operatives with National Security identification cards but was not sure about the support from National Security, since in the past such provisions had been abused by those the party recruited for a similar exercise.
The recording also made references to the motivational package for the persons to be engaged which included a GH¢5,000 for the wives of the people to start a business.
Mr Boateng-Gyan has confirmed that the voice of the recording is his, prompting calls from several quarters including the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for his arrest.
Written By: Eric & Josephine