Former National Security Advisor Captain Kojo Tsikata dead

Kojo Tsikata
Kojo Tsikata

Former National Security Advisor and founding member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Captain (retd.) Kojo Tsikata is reported to have passed on, close family sources confirmed on Saturday.

According to sources, the former Head of Foreign Affairs of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) as well as a member of the Council of State has been unwell in recent times. The cause of his death is however not made public for now.

Captain Kojo Tsikata was the former Head of National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Provisional PNDC. He is listed as a retired army captain in the Ghana Army.

He was sent to the Congo with Major General Ankrah as part of a Ghanaian military contingent with orders from Kwame Nkrumah to protect the Pan-Africanist and anti-neo-colonialist Patrice Lumumba, who was the Prime Minister. He later visited Conakry, Guinea, to visit Nkrumah. He was arrested, detained, and put on death row as a suspect of an assassination plot against Nkrumah on his arrival.

Samora Machel, a freedom fighter, intervened to pardon him. Samora travelled with him to Mozambique. He later arrived in Angola in 1964 to join MPLA fighters and internationalist fighters from Cuba.

He was appointed in 1982 under the Jerry Rawlings administration. He had been in charge of National Security since 1982 and later joined the Rawlings administration on January 21st, 1995. He was a member of the Council of State and a Captain of the Ghana Army.

In 1995, he was asked to join a negotiating team with Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas who was the then Deputy Foreign Minister, and Brigadier General Agyemfra, accompanied by Harry Mouzillas from Ghana News Agency (GNA) as a journalist to cover the events. They travelled to join Mr James Victor Gbeho, the then Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)and a Resident of Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings and Mr Ate Allotey, a diplomat.

He rejected a national award to be conferred on him in the category of the order of Volta companion under President John Agyekum Kufuor. He was listed as one of the six government officials under the NDC administration to receive the award.

He was appointed by Muammar Gaddafi to a Senior Advisory position in charge of the Al Mathaba Central Committee, a support centre for the liberation movement and anti-imperialist and anti-zionist organisations.

A retired Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice G. E. K. Aikins, intimated that Captain Tsikata was implicated in the kidnapping and murder of three High Court Judges and a retired Army Officer on June 30th, 1983 during the PNDC regime and was never tried.

Among the suspects were Captain Kojo Tsikata and Sergeant Aloga Akata-Pore, both key members of the then PNDC.

Ghanaians brought Tsikata under scrutiny, but during the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) hearing, he denied being involved with the killing of the judges. There was also insufficient evidence to prosecute Captain Tsikata according to the Attorney General of Ghana’s detailed reasons.

One reason was that, before the execution of the sole witness, he withdrew his accusation against Captain Tsikata. Joachim Amartey Quaye, one of the architects of the murderous incident, was imprisoned and some soldiers, Tekpor, Dzandzu, and Helki, were all found guilty of murder, sentenced to death, and executed by firing squad. One of the convicted, Amedeka, escaped prison and has since not been seen.

Captain Kojo Tsikata received one of Angola’s highest honours, known as Carlos Silva among Angolan fighters, for his role in the struggle for national independence.

The late Tsikata is a holder of the Solidarity Award and of the Order of “Carlos Manuel de Céspedes”, conferred by the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba. Enditem

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