Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the National
Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is expected to report to
the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today, as part of bail term to
assist police in investigating alleged kidnappings and arson in the country.
The Deputy Director- General
of the CID, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) George Tweneboah, who
confirmed this to the Ghanaian Times,
in Accra, yesterday, said that the NDC chairman is expected to report today June
13, 2019, at the CID headquarters, at 2pm.
ACP Tweneboah said Mr Ampofo
was on Tuesday granted GH¢300,000 police bail with two sureties.
It would be recalled that in
the Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the Ghanaian
Times issue, reported that the NDC national chairman was arrested by the police,
following the issuance of an arrest warrant from the court.
Mr Ampofo was arrested by CID
around 3pm at the No.3 Church Street Labone, Accra, to assist the police in an
alleged arson and kidnapping case.
The Ghanaian Timesreported
in its Friday, May 10, 2019, issue that Mr Ampofo declined to honour an
invitation by the CID, to assist in investigations into alleged kidnappings and
fire outbreaks in the country.
In a letter addressed to the
CID boss, Commissioner of Police (COP) Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, through
his lawyers, Mr Ampofo stated that the invitation was an attempt to “pass the
buck” and shift the blame over the increasing inability of the security
agencies, including her outfit, to manage and control the failures of security,
and the governance structures of the country as a whole.
The letter was presented on
his behalf at the CID headquarters by Mr Ampofo’s legal team, made up of Mr
Tony Lithur, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong and Abraham Amaliba, which was
received by ACP Tweneboah.
The letter sighted by the Ghanaian Times, wassigned by Dr Dominic Akuritinga Ayine of the Ayine and Felli
It stated in part that “having
reviewed your letter against the background of the ongoing prosecution of our
client, we are unable to resist the conclusions that your invitation and so
called investigations into kidnapping, arson and other crimes, is collateral to
the ongoing criminal trial and that its purpose partly prejudice our client’s
The letter stated that their
client (Mr Ampofo), viewed the letter of invitation as reflective of an
undeniable pattern of political harassment and intimidation, which violates his
fundamental human rights, “particularly his constitutional rights to
personal dignity and political association that is devoid of intimidation and
“On our part, while we
appreciate that every citizen has a constitutional duty to assist law
enforcement agencies in the discharge of their mandate, our considered view is
that the current invitation constitutes a gross abuse of the investigative and
prosecutorial powers of the police as a public institution,” the letter stated.
The letter indicated that “they take the respectful view that since their client was not under arrest for the alleged
By ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI
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