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Good intelligence work by the security
detail of Ghana s President John Dramani
Mahama possibly averted embarrassment
of an international nature involving Trinidad
and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
Ghana s tv3network.com reported yesterday
that a worker at the Tema Oil Refinery was
arrested by members of the Bureau of National
Investigations for possession of a gun in wait
for President Mahama ahead of his tour of
the refinery with Rowley on Monday.
Mahama was at the refinery with Rowley
to assess the company s performance since
it resumed full operation in February this
Ahead of Mahama s arrival, however,
national security officers who had gone ahead
of the presidential convoy arrested the man
after realising his behaviour was suspicious.
When he was arrested a gun was found on
The man, who worked with the Environ-
mental Department at the refinery, was
reportedly among staff and management of
the refinery who were waiting for the pres-
ident. But the national security officers who
arrived were suspicious of his behavior and
quickly apprehended him and took the gun
away from him.
The man was taken away well ahead of the
president s arrival for the tour, so he and
Rowley later were not even aware of the earlier
activity and the tour went off without any
issues. Mahama and Rowley subsequently
visited the Elmina Castle and the Atuabo Gas
The network reported that this was the
second time that an unauthorised armed per-
son had been arrested around Mahama.
The first, Charles Antwi, is currently receiv-
ing psychiatric treatment for saying that he
wanted to kill the president so he would
become president of Ghana.
He was arrested at the president s church,
where he had frequented with his gun waiting
for the president so he could carry out his
plan. A vigilant church member, who became
suspicious of Antwi s behaviour, alerted the
security officers, leading to his arrest. He was
sentenced to ten years imprisonment but was
later sent for psychiatric analysis and treat-
ment following what the judge saw as unusu-
Rowley signed a government-to-govern-
ment agreement and a natural gas memo-
randum of understanding (MOU) which would
see both countries identifying and developing
commercially and viable natural gas projects
following talks with Mahama. The PM, who
is currently in the final phase of a 12-day
overseas assignment which has also taken
him to London and the United States, leaves
Ahead of Rowley, Ghana pres' tour of oil refinery
United States Ambassador to T&T John
Estrada has told the Guardian that one of
the priority policies of the US government
in T&T is the promotion of human rights.
Describing it as a "really, really big" part
of America s coming engagement with T&T
on his watch, he zoomed in on women s
rights, domestic and gender-based violence,
the rights of people with disabilities and
The 60-year old ex-marine, who was born
in Laventille and left T&T for the US when
he was 14, sat down on Friday with the
Guardian at the US embassy for his first,
exclusive newspaper interview since taking
up his post last month.
He said it wasn t just the Obama admin-
istration policy towards T&T---it was per-
"That touched me when I was growing
up as a kid," Estrada said.
"I personally witnessed domestic violence
to a close family member. As a young kid...I
probably was about ten, maybe 12 years old.
That stuck with me at that young age,
because I remember my brother and I having
to try to weigh in.
"I have very strong feelings on it," said
the father of young twin daughters.
The ambassador s concerns were echoed
yesterday in a report out of Geneva, in which
the US and the United Kingdom expressed
concern about the human rights picture in
T&T, particularly police treatment of sus-
pects, discrimination against women and
attitude towards homosexuals.
The criticisms are contained in a review
exercise of the United Nations Human Rights
Council (HRC), the "Universal Periodic
"We are also concerned about violence
and discrimination against women, which
continues to be a serious problem despite
allocation of government resources to combat
it, (and) the lack of respect for the human
rights of LGBTI persons," the US assessment
But it did give T&T credit for "efforts to
improve aspects within the justice sector,
like police treatment of suspects, detainees,
and prisoners in their custody and security
in prisons, while remaining concerned about
"reports of police mistreatment and poor
The UK gave the Government credit for
taking steps to improve women s rights, but
called for "concrete steps to implement exist-
ing legislation on sexual harassment and
violence against women."
In tomorrow s Guardian read more
on Orin Gordon s exclusive interview
with Estrada, on America s priorities
US Ambassador to T&T, John L Estrada, left, with Guardian's Editor-in-Chief Orin Gordon
during a recent interview in Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: MICHAEL RAMSINGH
US raps T&T on women's
and LGBTI rights
found lying in wait
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