Mahama condemns ‘disproportionate’ arrest of Koku Anyidoho

Mahama condemns ‘disproportionate’ arrest of Koku Anyidoho

- John Mahama chides police for manner in which they effected Koku Anyidoho's arrest

- He described the police's action as "disproportionate"

Former president John Dramani Mahama has condemned the manner in which the Police arrested deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho.

Mr. Anyidoho was arrested on Tuesday at the International Press Center whiles the NDC was preparing to host a press conference on the US-Ghana military agreement.

Mahama condemns ‘disproportionate’ arrest of Koku Anyidoho

Former president John Mahama

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The former Presidential spokesperson was arrested after he made comments believed to be treasonable to the state.

Speaking in an interview with Happy FM last Friday, Mr. Anyidoho suggested that President Akufo-Addo could be overthrown through a coup following the ratification of the US-Ghana military agreement by Parliament.

"On the 13th of January 1972, a certain Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, led a movement that removed the progress party from power. Busia was the Prime Minister; Akufo-Addo’s father was the Ceremonial President. Somebody should tell Nana Akufo-Addo that, history has an interesting way of repeating itself,” he said.

He further stated: "There will be a civilian coup d’état. There will be a social revolution. We [NDC] are starting it on Wednesday. The movement is starting on Wednesday. Nana Addo will have sleepless nights. He will suffer diarrhea. He said he wanted to be president but we will make sure he will be fed up on the seat.

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The Police subsequently picked him up whiles he was preparing for an NDC press conference, before he was late detained on charges of treason.

Former President Mahama believes the way the Police effected Mr. Anyidoho’s arrest was “disproportionate” and has condemned the actions of the CID.

In a Facebook post, Mahama said the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and President Akufo-Addo should know better as they are a party that pride themselves with “non-criminalization of speech”.

The ex-president wrote: “As a party that prides itself in the non-criminalization of speech, with a self-acclaimed human rights activist as President, the arrest of K. Anyidoho with armed men in the middle of a press event is obviously disproportionate. Moreso, the high-handed police response to innocent citizens waiting at the CID HQ is condemnable.”

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