Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Police grab NPP gurus...Over Atiwa

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By William Yaw Owusu

Wednesday September 29, 2010
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has invited three leading members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to the Police Headquarters in Accra to assist in the investigation of the ‘murder’ of three persons during the Atiwa by-election.

Those summoned are NPP national chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John, General Secretary of the party and Ms. Frances Asiam.

A pressure group, the Media Analyst Group, had petitioned the police over the claimed that the NPP gurus had stated on radio stations that some NDC officials had caused the death of some people during the recent Atiwa by-election.

The letter of invitation signed by P.K Agblor, Acting Director-General of CID with reference CI D/ER. 421/2010/5, states: “The Criminal Investigations Department has received a written complaint from the Chairman of the Media Analyst Group indicating that the National Chairman of the NPP Hon. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, the General Secretary of the same party, Mr. Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John and Ms Frances Asiam, a ranking member of the party have accused the group of being responsible for the murder of some three unidentified persons at Atiwa during the recent by-election.

“You are therefore being requested to report to the Deputy Director General/CID on the 2nd Floor of the CID building on Friday October 1, 2010 at 1100 hours to assist in the investigation,” the letter said.

Political analysts are of the view that the police by inviting the NPP leaders are trying to balance the scales and pacify the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) whose National Chairman Dr. Kwabena Agyei was recently invited by the police for threatening to clean the judiciary with his infamous “several ways of killing a cat statement.”

The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), a pressure group, had lodged a complaint at the Nima Police Station in Accra on September 9, seeking the arrest of the NDC National Chairman for making statements that sought to threaten the judiciary.

Ripples from that outburst which attracted a reaction from the association of judges and magistrates continue to feature in local politics.

Upon lodging the complaint, the police invited Dr. Adjei to the CID headquarters for questioning but he never showed up.

Immediately AFAG lodged the complaint, the Media Analyst Group, on September 15, 2010, also called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Paul Quaye, to effect the arrest of Jake, Sir John and Frances for allegedly making unsubstantiated reports which caused fear and panic during the Atiwa by-election.

The group had claimed that Frances Asiam was categorical in an interview that two people had died on the day of voting in the Atiwa by-election. This allegation later proved to be false when the police and hospital authorities spoke to the contrary.

The co-ordinator of the Media Analyst Group, Alfred Triddle, speaking to Peace FM, said the comment by Frances Asiam, which was subsequently echoed by Jake and Sir John, was very serious statement and needed police investigations.

Meanwhile, Frances says she has some funeral to attend during the weekend and would rather report to the police on Monday, while Sir John, according to sources, is yet to receive his invitation.

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