The Ministry for National Security has been ordered by the Sekondi Magistrate Court B presided over by Her Worship Rosemary Hayford to produce footage of CCTV cameras installed at the premises of the Ghana Police Service, Sekondi Division and outside the premises of the Police Station.
The order by the Court to get the two (2) separate CCTV camera footage was in line with a Corona Inquest on the death of the late Joseph Entsie, aged 52 who died in police custody at the Sekondi Police Station on Friday, 24th, December 2021.
According to the order by the Court, the Ministry for National Security is to make available the footage spanning between Friday 6:00 am of 24, December 2021 to Saturday 6:00 pm of 25, December 2021 respectively.
However, the Court emphasized that the Ministry for National Security should make available the footage through the Western Regional Coordinator for National Security.
It would be recalled that on 28, July 2022, the Sekondi Magistrate Court B, after granting a prayer by Lawyer Ebo Donkor, lead counsel for the applicants (deceased family), ordered the Executive Director of the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) through the Western Regional Director of NIB to make available the footage of CCTV Camera installed at the Sekondi Police Station and another one outside the Police Station premises covering the period from 6:00 am of 24th December 2021 to 6:00 pm of 25th December 2021.
The Sekondi Magistrate Court B on Wednesday 3, August 2022 was unable to get the footage of CCTV cameras from the National Intelligence Bureau when the court was in recess.
Meanwhile, the NIB representative, Mr George Atefa Hatchem who was in the Court witness box, told the court that his outfit does not have the footage it was requesting.
Mr George Atefa Hatchem, however, pointed out to the Court that the right channel to get the footage was through National Security.
Her Worship Rosemary Hayford, therefore, made an order for the Ministry for National Security through its Western Regional Coordinator to make the footage available to the court on Tuesday 9, August 2022.
The Corona Inquest on the late Fijai Taxi Driver Joseph Entsie was adjourned to Wednesday 10th, August 2022.
As of the time of filing this report, the Ministry for National Security and the Western Regional Coordinator for National Security were yet to receive the court order.
Story By Benjamin Bray