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Ghana: Information on the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 December 1992
Citation / Document Symbol GHA12111
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ghana: Information on the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), 1 December 1992, GHA12111, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab652e.html [accessed 17 September 2014]
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In a telephone interview with the DIRB (3 Dec. 1992), a Ghanaian doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University stated that the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), previously known as the "Special Branch," is an internal security agency composed of both civilian and military personnel whose role is to establish close surveillance over opponents of the government. The BNI has power to interrogate and detain people whom they suspect of subversion "without trial indefinitely, on grounds of national security (Africa Events Mar/Apr. 1988). This information is corroborated by an article in the 23-31 May 1991 issue of West Africa which stated that the deputy national secretary of the Movement for Freedom and Justice (MFJ) was detained for questioning for four hours by the BNI. Africa Events further noted that "heavily armed policemen" accompany the BNI on their investigative missions (Ibid.). Additional information on this topic is currently unavailable to the DIRB.

 References

Africa Events [London]. March/April 1988. "They Come at Midnight."

West Africa [London]. 25-31 March 1991. "Pratt Questioned."

Carleton University, Ottawa. 3 December 1992. Telephone Interview with Doctoral Student.

Attachments

Africa Events [London]. March/April 1988. "They Come at Midnight."

West Africa [London]. 25-31 March 1991. "Pratt Questioned."

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