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OFOSU-AMPOFO SNUBS CID: I WON’T HONOUR YOUR INVITATION

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The national chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, yesterday snubbed an invitation by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to assist in investigations into recent kidnappings and fire outbreaks in the country.

The national chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, yesterday snubbed an invitation by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to assist in investigations into recent kidnappings and fire outbreaks in the country.

A letter signed by the director general of the CID, Commissioner of Police Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, said some suspects had mentioned Mr Ofosu-Ampofo as being “part of a grand scheme designed to cause fear and panic in the country”.

Defiant elders

Yesterday the NDC, led by its Council of Elders, said it would not allow its national chairman to honour the invitation from the police CID.

The party therefore dared the CID director general to proceed to arrest Mr Owusu-Ampofo if she wants.

Addressing a press conference, the vice-chairman of the NDC Council of Elders, Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu, said the NPP government’s decision to prosecute NDC officials is intended to frustrate the work of the party and destabilise it before the 2020 general elections.

He described Mr Ofosu-Ampofo’s invitation as an “act of intimidation and harassment”.

Alhaji Iddrisu however said the NDC is unfazed by the actions of “a police CID director general who has shown herself by her actions to be a partisan and biased supporter and member of the NPP”.

Solidarity

He said the NDC would stand solidly behind Mr Ofosu-Ampofo and ensure that his freedom is not jeopardised.

Alhaji Iddrisu served notice that former NDC appointees would no longer answer questions before any inquisition panels and bodies.

He added that the party had taken notice that the government’s policy of harassment is not restricted, applying to just the NDC chairman, but is being used to harass all former ministers and appointees.

“In these circumstances, we consider it no longer prudent for our former ministers and appointees to co-operate in the numerous inquisitions going on into its period in government,” Alhaji Iddrisu declared.

Lawyers say no

Meanwhile, lawyers for the NDC national chairman have advised him to dishonour the CID invitation.

They have written a letter to the CID accordingly, saying that their client will not honour the invitation.

The lawyers’ letter said the invitation is simply “an attempt to pass the buck and shift the blame over the increasing inability of the security agencies to manage and control the failures of security and the governance structures as a whole”.

It argued further that the invitation constitutes a “gross abuse of the investigative and prosecutorial powers of the police as a public institution”.

Leaked recording

The CID’s invitation to the NDC chairman follows a similar one served weeks ago over inflammatory comments allegedly made by Mr Ofosu-Ampofo in a leaked sound recording.

In the leaked sound clip, believed to have captured proceedings of a meeting with NDC communicators, Mr Ofosu-Ampofo is heard talking about how the party intends to employ “covert and overt tactics”, including kidnappings, to make Ghana ungovernable in the lead-up to the 2020 general election.

The NDC chairman already faces charges of conspiracy to cause harm and assault against a public officer.