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BNI PROBES NDC MAN OVER THREATS TO JOURNO

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Information available to the Daily Statesman shows that the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) is probing a top National Democratic Congress activist over death threats allegedly made against a journalist.

Information available to the Daily Statesman shows that the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) is probing a top National Democratic Congress activist over death threats allegedly made against a journalist.

 

Alhaji Alhassan Tapsoba, a deputy co-ordinator of the now defunct Youth Employment Agency under the erstwhile John Mahama-led NDC government, was said to have been detained by BNI operatives last week Monday.

It is believed that law-enforcement officials made the arrest at Alhaji Tapsoba’s residence at Ahomaso, near Ayeduase, in the Ashanti Region. He was subsequently transferred to the BNI headquarters in Accra to assist with investigations into the case.

Threat

The complainant is a Kumasi-based journalist, Ohemeng Tawiah, who works with the Multimedia Group.

According to Mr Tawiah, a call was placed to his personal mobile phone by an anonymous caller shortly after 3.40pm on Thursday, January 17.

The caller allegedly threatened him, saying that “after Suale’s death, you are next”.

Investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale was murdered by unknown assailants a fortnight ago at Madina in Accra.

The complainant was said to have received another call three days later from Alhaji Tapsoba, reportedly cautioning him about his personal safety following the killing of Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

Sources at BNI have confirmed that Alhaji Tapsoba’s personal mobile-phone number was the one used on both occasions, including the anonymous call.

GHC60,000 bail

Consequently, the NDC lieutenant was arraigned before a circuit court in Accra on a provisional charge of threat of death.

The court, presided over by Justice Afi Agbanu Kudomor, granted Alhaji Tapsoba bail in the sum of GH60,000 with two sureties.

The sureties were directed to deposit their national identity cards with the court.

Alhaji Tapsoba was released from BNI custody on Monday after meeting the bail conditions. The court however ordered him to report to BNI every Thursday until the next hearing of the case, scheduled for February 10.