- John Mahama has accused the Akufo-Addo administration of using the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service to "constantly harass" NDC members
- The former president said the CID's reason for inviting the NDC's chairman is "very useless, frivolous and vexatious" allegations
Former president John Dramani Mahama believes the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is behind the CID’s latest invitation of NDC National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 the CID summoned Mr. Ampofo and opened fresh criminal investigations against him.
In a letter, the CID said the NDC National Chairman may be connected to recent kidnapping cases as well as market fires that have hit the country.
“...some persons picked up for interrogation and investigation have mentioned your name as part of a grand scheme designed to cause fear and panic in the country,” the letter reads.
Mr. Ampofo has been under fire in recent months after an audio attributed to him leaked in the media.
The content of the leaked tape drew widespread criticism from a section of the public, with many condemning him.
In the audio, he is heard saying many things, including urging verbal attacks on the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa.
Mr. Ampofo is also heard saying that NDC communicators are free to insult the Peace Council Chairman.
While he is already standing trial for conspiracy to assault a public officer and conspiracy to cause harm over the content of the leaked tape, the police has now fingered him in the recent fires and kidnappings across the country.
However, Mahama believes the NDC Chairman is being treated unfairly and being subjected to ‘police harassment.’
Addressing a gathering at Jamestown, as part of his tour of the Greater Accra Region, Mahama said Mr. Ampofo cannot be arrested based on frivolous allegations.
“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,” the NDC flagbearer said.
“...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,” he added.
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