Suale: You have 21 days to clarify arrest, release of suspect – Group to IGP
A civil society organization, Save the Nation for Future Leaders has given the Inspector General of Police and the police service a 21-day ultimatum to clarify circumstances under which a suspect was arrested and released in connection with murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale.
Hussein-Suale was shot and killed in cold blood by some unknown assailants at Madina on Wednesday, 16 January 2019. The Police last month announced arrest of a key suspect over his murder. According to the acting Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Kwaku Boadu-Peprah, “the suspect Abdul Rashid Meizongo, 29, was arrested at a mall in Accra after he attempted bribing officers with officers with GH¢200,000, which they declined”.
The suspect was however set free after failing to link him to the murder of Hussein-Suale. In a petition to the IGP, COP Asante Apeatu signed by President Kwadwo Atta Apeakorang, the group is demanding immediate investigations into release of the suspect.
“I, the undersigned, a citizen of Ghana, appeal to you, Inspector General of Police, to institute investigation into the arrest and release of a suspected killer of the late Ahmed Hussein-Suale and to give a detailed explanation to Ghanaians on issues thereof,” the petition read in parts.
The group argued the circumstances under which the suspect was released leaves many unanswered questions, a development it said is fuelling the already existing mistrust in the police.
“…Having made strides in the case, it was only expedient for the Police Service to make diligent moves in relation to the release of the suspect. In a case of such national and international concern and which made the Police promise monetary reward for informants, it was only a confirmation of incompetence and bias when the suspect was released on the basis of wrong identity when a member of the late journalist’s family admitted to being part of the team that was involved in the swoop.”
The group in the petition threatened to hit the streets if the police fail to address their concerns within 21 days.
“There are conflicting accounts of the arrest and release of the suspect and while the public does not find that of the CID credible, it finds that of the family and Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong credible. I, therefore, appeal to your office to respect the concerns of Ghanaians and act upon them to safeguard our democracy and faith in your outfit. In view of this, Save The Nation For Future Leaders is giving the Police Service a 21-day ultimatum to clarify issues concerning the arrest and release of the suspect. At the expiration of the ultimatum and without any engagement, we will have no option but to demonstrate against the Service”.
The move by The Save The Nation For Future Leaders comes in the wake of calls for Director General for the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah to resign or be fired over her handling of the kidnapping of 3 girls in Takoradi.
Below is the petition to the IGP:
SAVE THE NATION FOR FUTURE LEADERS
A PETITION TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE ON ISSUES RELATING TO THE ARREST OF AHMED HUSSEIN-SUALE’S SUSPECTED MURDERER
On April 2, 2019, Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service,COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa, addressed the press and revealed that one suspected murderer of Ahmed Hussein-Suale (shot dead on January 6, 2019) was set free following resistance by patrons of a pub where the suspect was arrested by one police officer. In a response from the family of the late undercover journalist, the suspect was arrested with support from patrons of the pub and other people and handed over to a team of security officers that was patrolling the area. The family also challenged such details provided by the Director-General as the location of the arrest.
I, the undersigned, a citizen of Ghana, appeal to you, Inspector General of Police, to institute investigation into the arrest and release of a suspected killer of the late Ahmed Hussein-Suale and to give a detailed explanation to Ghanaians on issues thereof.
Kwadwo Atta Apeakorang
On January 6, 2019, a member of Tiger Eye PI, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, was shot dead by unknown assailants riding on a motor bicycle. Subsequent to this unfortunate incident, Ghanaians, especially those in the media and in corruption fight, expressed their fury and disappointment. In the address by the Director-General of the CID, it was revealed that up until April 2, at least a total of thirteen suspects had been questioned.
Prior to this briefing, news of the arrest of two suspects was widespread and this was because of the alleged combined effort of the family of the late undercover journalist and one prime suspect Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong. Therefore, having made strides in the case, it was only expedient for the Police Service to make diligent moves in relation to the release of the suspect. In a case of such national and international concern and which made the Police promise monetary reward for informants, it was only a confirmation of incompetence and bias when the suspect was released on the basis of wrong identity when a member of the late journalist’s family admitted to being part of the team that was involved in the swoop.
Assuming but not admitting that the CID gave the public accurate information pertaining to the release of the suspect, the facts, as presented, were not convincing. Moreover, if that presentation was based on the ‘a-matter-of-security-concern’ cliché, then a more public-centred approach ought to be adopted to address the public.
My concern stems from the fact that confidence in the Police Service is fast waning and that is a tasty recipe for instability. Ghanaians are at a point where they believe in individual influencers more than they do in statutory bodies. They tend to believe the accounts of the family of the late journalist and politician Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong and discount that of the CID.
There are conflicting accounts of the arrest and release of the suspect and while the public does not find that of the CID credible, it finds that of the family and Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong credible. I, therefore, appeal to your office to respect the concerns of Ghanaians and act upon them to safeguard our democracy and faith in your outfit. In view of this, Save The Nation For Future Leaders is giving the Police Service a 21-day ultimatum to clarify issues concerning the arrest and release of the suspect. At the expiration of the ultimatum and without any engagement, we will have no option but to demonstrate against the Service.
Kwadwo Atta Apeakorang
The Hon. Minister for Interior
O. Box M42
‘We’ll take all our seats from NPP’ – Boamah Otokunor
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is targeting majority seats in the next Parliament after the December 2020 general election.
The strategy is to capture more parliamentary seats in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) strongholds to increase NDC’s seats to 170 in parliament as part of the party’s agenda, and opened parliamentary nominations in all constituencies across the country, effective July 12.
According to Boamah Otokunor, the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, he was hopeful only vibrant and results-oriented candidates would be elected for the primaries saying, “We will take all our seats from the NPP to get a two-thirds majority in parliament since the NDC has a solid, credible and realistic campaign message and the party is poised for victory in the 2020 elections.
“The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a party specialised in confusion, lies and deception, Ghanaians will make a big mistake if they vote for President Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP again, we are convinced given the strategies put in place with a marketable candidate like former President John Mahama, the 2020 elections will be ‘cool chop’,” Mr Otokunor touted.
On what aspirants have to do, the Deputy General Secretary noted that “all aspirants must satisfy the constitutional requirement which qualifies one to be a Member of Parliament, all aspirants must also satisfy the requirements of the party, no one will be disqualified based on normal procedural errors, the parliamentary primaries are expected to take place on August 24, at all the 275 constituencies across the country,” Mr Otokunor disclosed.
Government spends over GHC800m to settle debts accrued by NDC – Deputy Minister
Deputy Minister for Works and Housing and Member of Parliament for Subin Constituency, Eugene Boakye Antwi has said that government has spent over 800 million Ghana Cedis to settle debts accrued by the erstwhile Mahama administration.
According to him, there are still debts unsettled by other ministries and all these debts make Ghanaians feel government is not doing anything.
Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, he explained that the amount of money government is paying in terms of settling debts could have been used for other developmental projects.
The NPP government is committed to providing Ghanaians with whatever they promised in their manifesto.
“Nana Addo will not disappoint Ghanaians just that we will have to settle debts that was accrued by the other government so that those affected can have money to execute other projects that will improve the lives of Ghanaians,” he said.
I will unseat Collins Dauda – Ali Suraj assures NPP members
One of the aspiring parliamentary candidates for the new patriotic party in the Asutifi South Constituency in the Ahafo region has assured members of the party of winning the seat for the first when elected.
Alhaji Ali Suraj says he has all it takes to match the incumbent Member of Parliament in the area in the upcoming general elections.
“I am very experienced and know how to play my cards well.” ALI SURAJ told gathering of NPP members after he has filed his nomination at the constituency party office.
Alhaji Suraj says he has been assured of victory in the upcoming primaries and therefore he would channel every into the general election.
One of the past contestants of the Asutifi South constituency on the ticket of the NPP, Boakye Boateng appeals to the delegates to rally behind the Aspirant to win the seat for the first time in the history of Ghana’s elections.
Mr. Boateng says Suraj is more likely to win the seat for the party than him, reason he rescinded his decision to contest this time round.
“Most of the voters here are northerners and they would love to see their own brother leading them.” Mr. Boateng says adding that, the aspirant is the best bet for the party.
Mr. Boateng promised to support Mr. Suraj in issues-based campaign go the seat for the party.
Among other things Mr. Ali Suraj is seeking to implement when he becomes the MP are to change the life of the people, mentality and issues that bother on their health.
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