Paper Says Nigeria Provides Security For Kuffour

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A team of Nigerian secret service officials has been dispatched to Ghana to help ensure the security of President John Kuffour, the privately-owned Guardian newspaper has reported.
Of late there have been increasing claims of threats to the Ghanaian leader's administration, according to the newspaper.
The Nigerian officials would help train Ghanaians who would take charge of the president's personal security.
"A vacuum was created in the country's security network with President Kuffour's sweeping transfer of virtually all security agents who worked with the (former President Jerry) Rawlings presidency," it said.
A face-off between Kuffour and Rawlings escalated following the recent cancellation of 4 June as a national public holiday to mark the anniversary of Rawlings seizure of power in 1979.
Rawlings was quoted as saying at a 4 June rally, organised by his National Democratic Congress to mark the anniversary, that some activities of the current administration could trigger a military coup.
The former leader has denied threatening the administration, saying he was misunderstood.
Quoting Nigerian presidency sources, the Guardian said Nigeria was interested in the survival of the Kuffour presidency, as its dislodgement would further worsen the precarious security situation in the West African subregion.

18 june 2001 19:14:00

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