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OFOSU-AMPOFO SMOKED OUT: POLICE TO MAKE STATEMENT TODAY

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Credible reports suggest that the “fugitive” national chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, was arrested by the police yesterday.

Credible reports suggest that the “fugitive” national chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, was arrested by the police yesterday.

Though top police sources remained tight-lipped about the reported arrest, our checks showed that the embattled chairman was arrested in the afternoon and taken to his house, where the premises were searched by the police.

Kidnappings

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo had been playing hide-and-seek with the investigative agencies over an arrest warrant for the past few days, apparently with the support of the NDC hierarchy.

The police were yet to speak officially about the arrest before we went to press, but information gathered by the Daily Statesman suggests the move is in relation to the recent kidnappings in Ghana.

The arrest followed Mr Ofosu-Ampofo’s refusal to honour an earlier invitation to report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to assist in inquiries into the kidnappings and a wave of arson in Ghana.

Refused to report

A suspect is reported to have accused the NDC chairman of being behind the crimes. This informed the police decision to invite him for questioning.

When Mr Ofosu-Ampofo refused to report to the police, they went to court to obtain an arrest warrant.

On Monday the NDC said it had gathered information to the effect that the government was working to get Mr Ofosu-Ampofo arrested, to boost a “ploy aimed at lowering him in the esteem of Ghanaians”.

NDC eyes red

As “rumours” of his arrest trickled into NDC party dens and constituencies, NDC members wearing red armbands and headbands gathered at the Police Headquarters in Accra yesterday in anticipation of news about Mr Ofosu-Ampofo’s fate.

Daily Statesman monitoring of the situation suggested that the national chairman had been bundled into Police Headquarters under cover and that he was undergoing questioning.

Our reporters noticed a modest police presence on alert, as armoured tanks stood at the ready at the headquarters building, dotted around strategic points.

The police were still not communicating late evening as the Daily Statesman surveyed the terrain. They however gave unambiguous assurances that an official statement on the matter will be made today.

Update, June 12, 5am: Mr Ofosu-Ampofo was released after being held for questioning for about five hours. He is to report back to police tomorrow, Thursday June 13.