- The arrest of Koku Anyidoho is needless, US-based Ghanaian professor, Stephen Kwaku Asare has said
- Prof. Asare believes the arrest and subsequent prosecution will be a waste of Ghana's resources
- Koku Anyidoho was arrested on Tuesday for making comments which suggest President Nana Akufo-Addo will be overthrown in a coup d'etat
- He was charged with treason and refused bail on Tuesday
Renowned US-based Ghanaian law professor, Stephen Kwaku Asare has condemned the arrest and subsequent detention of the Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho.
According to Professor Asare, also popularly known as Kwaku Azar, the arrest of Koku Anyidoho was a waste of scarce public resources.
Citing the similar arrest of NPP MP Kennedy Agyapong over some comments he made prior to the 2012 elections, Prof. Asare decried the politicization of issues of such nature in the country.
"Koku Anyidoho’s arrest reminds me of the arrest and subsequent prosecution and predictable acquittal of Kennedy Agyepong. Both are waste of scarce security and judicial resources.
"We have become too politicized and are too eager to scream treason but only when the accused is wearing the wrong political jersey!
"Unsurprisingly, most, if not all, the people cheering the security services for picking up Anyidoho condemned them for picking up Agyepong. Most, if not all, the people condemning the security services for picking up Anyidoho cheered them for picking up Agyepong," Prof. Asare posted on Facebook.
Prof. Asare further pointed out the laws of Ghana only recognise treason and not "treasonable comment" as some people are peddling around.
"For the avoidance of doubt, the law does not recognize this thing that some people are calling "treasonable comment."
Treason, on the other hand, is the use of violence or other unlawful means to suspend, overthrow, or abrogate the Constitution or any part of it, or attempts to do any such act; or aiding and abetting in any manner any person to do any such act," he explained.
Koku Anyidoho was arrested on Tuesday afternoon after he warned that the move by President Nana Akufo-Addo to sign the US-Ghana military cooperation deal is a sign that his administration will soon be overthrown.
Speaking in a radio interview, Koku suggested that Ghana's political history will soon be repeated and that President Akufo-Addo "will end up like his father, who was overthrown together with Dr KA Busia in 1972."
Koku was arrested at the Ghana International Press Centre in Accra where he was addressing a press encounter and has been subsequently charged with treason.
Some NDC supporters who stormed the Police Headquarters following the arrest of their Deputy General Secretary reportedly clashed with the police.
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