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The family of the late Captain Kojo Tsikata (Rtd) has disclosed that a private burial will be organized in his honor. The decision is in keeping with the wishes of the deceased. “In accordance with his wishes, the family will be making arrangements for a private family funeral,” a statement signed by Colonel (retd) Joshua Agbotui and Fui Tsikata said.

The Former Head of National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Provisional National Defence Council(PNDC) died in the wee hours of Saturday, November 20.

Although the cause of death is unknown speculations are that the former Military Captain had been sick for a while now.

The late Kojo Tsikata in a pose with his former boss President Jerry John Rawlings

The 85-year-old was appointed in 1982 under the Jerry Rawlings administration and oversaw national security from 1982 and later joined the Rawlings administration on January 21, 1995. Captain Tsikata was a holder of the Solidarity Award and the Order of “Carlos Manuel de Céspedes”, conferred by the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba.

 

In 1995, Captain Tsikata was asked to join a negotiating team with Ibn Chambas who was the then Deputy Foreign Minister, and Brigadier General Agyemfra, accompanied by Harry Mouzillas from the Ghana News Agency 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 Kuffour. He was listed as one of the six government officials under the NDC regime to receive the award.

The late Security Capo was also appointed by 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.

The late Kojo T.  as was affectionately called had been strongly linked to the murder of the three High Court Judges and a retired army officer. A retired supreme court judge, Justice Aikins, had claimed that Captain Tsikata was implicated in the kidnapping and murder of three high court judges and a retired army officer on June 30, 1983, during the PNDC regime. But he was never tried.