Colonel Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (Rtd) has been relieved of his position as Ghana’s National Security Coordinator.
In a release signed on Monday by the Minster for Information and Media Relations, Mahama Ayariga, the decision to remove Col. Gbevlo-Lartey from the post was arrived at at a meeting held at the Presidency with the Colonel.
Mr. Gbevlo Lartey will be replaced by the current Director of the Bureau of National Investigation, Mr. Yaw Donkor whose position will be occupied by Mr. Pious Awelinga. The changes according to the release takes effect from May 12, 2014.
President Mahama described the outgoing national security coordinator as a loyal and dedicated person adding that he will be reassigned to other duties after his well deserved leave.
Col. Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (Rtd.) was appointed as the National Security Coordinator in January 2009 by the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
Recently, he intervened to demolish a toll booth erected by the University of Ghana at its Okponglo entrance to collect toll from vehicles that plied the road on campus, describing the structure as a nuisance and threat to national security. The move attracted intense condemnation from a section of the public and some members of the University community who petition the president to remove him for behaving in a “disrespectful, lawless and irresponsible” manner.
In January this year, a reliable source reported that the security capo was facing removal in a massive structural shake up that was set to hit his office. According to the source, a long meeting to decide on the fate of Col. Larry Gbevlo-Lartey ended inconclusively however was obvious he was certainly going to be sacked.