Opare Duncan to take over from late Joshua Kyeremeh as National Security Coordinator


President Akufo-Addo has asked the deputy National Security Coordinator, Opare Duncan, to act as National Security Coordinator, pending the appointment of a substantive Coordinator.

This follows the death of Joshua Kyeremeh on Monday, January 18, 2021.

The former Director of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), now known as the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) died of kidney complications at the Ga East Municipal Hospital, where he was allegedly being treated for Covid-19.

Announcing the President’s decision in a Facebook post, Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin said arrangements for his funeral will be announced in due course.

“Our condolences and sympathies go to his widow and children. May God bless him, and let his soul rest in peace,” he added.

Mr. Joshua Kyeremeh before his appointment by President Akufo-Addo in 2017, worked at the then BNI for about 22 years, where he served at command levels in the Northern, Upper East, Ashanti, and Greater Accra Regions.

He also served as head of the Investigations Unit of the Bureau and rose to become the Deputy Director of BNI before ascending to the high office of Director from 2005 to 2009.

Mr. Kyeremeh was also part of the transition team set up after the December 7, 2020 elections.