Ms. Shalimar Abbiusi, the Spokesperson for the emerging political group “The New Force Diaspora and Diplomatic Engagements,” has been detained by the National Investigations Bureau (NIB) for the past four days, raising concerns about alleged human rights violations and political persecution.
The circumstances surrounding Abbiusi’s arrest remain unclear, as reports indicate that she was initially called in for a discussion by the NIB on Monday, December 4, 2023. However, she was subsequently detained, and no formal charges have been brought against her. Sources suggest that her arrest may be related to an alleged violation of her entry permit.
“The New Force” gained attention in Ghana in recent months through mysterious billboards featuring a masked figure accompanied by the slogan “THE NEW FORCE” and the hashtag #TheNewForce. Speculation surrounding the group intensified until Ghanaian businessman Nana Kwame Bediako, also known as Freedom Jacob Caesar, was revealed as the leader behind the masked persona.
Abbiusi, as the group’s spokesperson, had previously indicated in a teaser video that “The New Force” would soon unveil its full agenda, focusing on championing transparency and accountability in the country.
In response to Abbiusi’s arrest, “The New Force” issued a statement expressing concern over alleged human rights violations. According to the statement, Abbiusi has been continuously questioned about the group, its members, and potential presidential aspirations. The group claims that she has been denied legal representation, subjected to an unlawful search of her premises, and held beyond the legal 48-hour limit without formal charges.
The statement condemns the authorities’ actions, asserting that having a political organization is not a criminal offense. It raises serious concerns about the abuse of power, persecution of perceived political opponents, and violations of human rights.
The group also highlights that despite Abbiusi’s residence permit being issued three years ago by the Ghana Immigration Service, the authorities have cited difficulties in verifying one of the documents she submitted. “The New Force” characterizes her arrest as an attempt by the government to misuse power and persecute political opponents, emphasizing the need for a swift and just resolution.
The statement concludes by urging Ghanaians to be vigilant and engaged in preserving the integrity of democracy, claiming that the international community is closely monitoring the developments. The controversy surrounding Abbiusi’s arrest raises questions about the state of political freedom and human rights in Ghana.