Ghana Police Invite Chairman of the Main Opposition for Possible Insurgence; Lawyers Direct He Would Not Honour
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Leader of the Opposition NDC on the extreme left and Chairman on the right
Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has been invited by the Ghana Police Service for alleged kidnappings and rampant fire outbreaks in the country’s central markets.
“The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police Headquarters has invited Mr. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, to assist in the investigation of some recent fire outbreaks and kidnapping reports.”
“Police Administration assures the public that due processes will be followed in the investigation. As a result, the public and “Supporters” of Mr. Ofosu Ampofo are advised not to besiege the Police/CID Headquarters.”
“Also, journalists are reminded to follow due protocols of relations between the media and the Police on coverage of Police events. Live coverage of the interrogation or interviews from the Police/CID Headquarters is not permitted.” This is issued by the Police Public Affairs Directorate.
The Chairman is expected to report himself to the CID by 2:00 PM.
Meanwhile the Communications Director of the party, Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi has dared the Police the Chairman would not honour the invitation.
Granting an interview to the media, he expressed that, the Police CID have been on the neck of the Chairman and would not honour the invitation this time.
The Chairman is already in court for an alleged recorded audio where he is believed to have threatened the National Peace Chairman, Rev. Emmanuel Asante and the Electoral Commission Boss, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa; persons he believed could make their lives uncomfortable.
In the audio was the Chairman allegedly heard promoting kidnapping in the country; a phenomenon which is alien to the Ghanaian settings.
Granting an interview to the media was one of the Chairman’s lawyers, Lawyer Edudzi Tamakloe who expressed that “there’s no obligation to honour invitation from the Police.”
He confirmed to the host that, the Chairman would not honour the invitation where he suspects the Police would harass his client and advised the Police to seek bench warrant rather.
He described the invitation by the CID as purely political citing the Boss, DCOP Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah as having allowed her outfit for political gains.
He explained further that since the alleged recorded tape, times the Chairman was charged and put before court, he has cooperated with the Police even to point of inviting him in midst of a meeting where plans were underway on ending vigilantism; a phenomenon which is gaining roots in the country’s political space.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had directed the Department of the Attorney General draft a bill to end it.
It is reported that, the 2 major political parties; the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party are making progress on the matter and would meet again on May 23, 2019.
The Opposition Leader’s View
In the heat of this, the opposition leader, John Dramani Mahama who was also President before the 2016 general election has spoken on the police harassment of National Chairman
‘No amount of harassment of our National Chairman will save the NPP from defeat. Indeed, it is a sign of desperation that the Chief Executive of our party, the Chairman of our party is constantly being harassed by the Police Authority.”
“But they are setting a precedent. They should remember that in everything they do, they are setting a precedent.”
“You cannot take any frivolous and vexatious investigation and be inviting the National Chairman of the biggest opposition every day to the CID headquarters on very useless allegations.”
“We are advising the NPP, if you deliver on your promises, the people of Ghana will look favourably at you. If you have failed, don’t out of your desperation, decide to harass our party officials.”
“Whatever you do, you cannot escape the judgment of the people.” Former President Mahama opined.
However, the Deputy General Secretary of the ruling NPP, Nana Obiri Boahen has opined that the Chairman has the choice to honour or not but could be charged further for not honouring as well.