By Agnes Ansah
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service after three days of search has finally arrested the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, based on a warrant issued by a court in Accra. The exact location where the NDC kingpin was arrested has not been disclosed.
ACP David Eklu, Director in charge of Public Affairs Directorate of the Police Service confirmed the arrest to The Chronicle and explained that the CID personnel were handling the NDC national chairman based on the orders of the court.
Mr Ampofo’s arrest is premised on a CID investigation conducted some few months ago into cases of kidnappings and fire outbreaks in the country, where Mr Ampofo was implicated by some of the suspects under interrogation.
It would be recalled that on May 8, 2019, the Director-General of the CID, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah requested the presence of the Chairman to assist in investigations, which the latter refused.
The letter, signed by Maame Tiwaa, indicated that “The CID of the Ghana Police Service has commenced investigations into cases of kidnappings and fire outbreaks in various parts of the country.
“Intelligence gathered indicates that some of these kidnappings and fire outbreaks are being orchestrated by various unidentified groups, persons and individuals. Some of these persons picked up for interrogations have mentioned your name as part of a grand scheme designed to cause fear and panic in the country.
“As a result of the above information and intelligence, you are kindly requested to report to the undersigned on Thursday, May 9, at 2:00pm to assist in our investigations.”
But Mr Ampofo refused to honour the invitations, but instead asked his lawyers to send his response to the CID, in the form of a letter.
The letter presented by four of his lawyers; namely Marietta Brew Appiah- Oppong, Abraham Amaliba, Tony Lithur and Edudzi Tamakloe on May 9, 2019, purported that the CID couldn’t substantiate the claim of kidnapping in the previous investigations, hence the invitation was prejudice to Mr Ofosu- Ampofo’s defense in an on-going case at the High court.
It also stated that the invitation constitutes political harassment and intimidation and violates Mr Ampofo’s fundamental human and constitutional right.
“Having carefully reviewed your letter against the background of the ongoing prosecution of our client (Ofosu-Ampofo), we are unable to resist the conclusion that your invitation and so-called investigations into kidnapping, arson and other crimes are collateral to the on-going criminal trial and that, its purpose is partly to prejudice our client’s defence.
“Further, our client views 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 harassment.
“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.
“We take the respectful view that since our client is not under arrest for the alleged offences, he is legally entitled to decline your invitation. We have, therefore, advised him accordingly.”
Other portions of the letter read – “finally, our client has instructed us to make it abundantly clear to you, which we hereby do, that he is a politician, and as the National Chairman of National Democratic Congress, the largest opposition party in the country, he and his party leadership and members cannot help but notice the failing security situation in the country since the present government took office.
“Your invitation, its tone and insinuations, is simply an attempt to “pass the buck” and shift the blame over the increasing inability of the security agencies, including your outfit, to manage and control the failures of security and the governance structures of the country as a whole. Looking for scape-goats would not improve the situation. Accept, Madam Director-General, the assurances of our highest consideration.”
As at press time last light, The Chronicle gathered that some top NDC party officials had started trooping to the CID headquarters, where Mr Ofosu-Ampofo was being interrogated after leading the CID personnel to search his house.