The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Junior, has described as absurd the drama surrounding the invitation of the national chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Mr Baako says he would have cooperated with the police if he were Mr Ampofo or get his lawyers to send a statement to the police if he is unable to go there physically.
To him, it would be in order for Mr Ofosu Ampofo to prove the allegation by the police wrong even though it may sound ridiculous or even a red herring.
“You are a party chairman and it’s very important to prove it that indeed those allegations are just ridiculous. Indeed I have to confess, I like him (Ofosu Ampofo), I respect him and see him as a gentlemen.
“I have dealt with him over the years and he comes out as a very decent fellow. I will not without any evidence seek to rationalize or justify these allegations. I have no evidence, it doesn’t show in his character and personality,” he told Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show monitored by Adomonline.com.
He has therefore asked Mr Ampofo to honour the invitation.
The police have claimed in their letter inviting Mr Ampofo that some suspects they are interrogating over the recent fire outbreaks have mentioned his name as being behind the recent kidnappings and fire outbreaks.
But Mr Baako said if the police believe they have anything of evidential value, they have to go to court, adding that Mr Ampofo is not the only high profile politician to be called by the police.
“Ofosu Ampofo will not be the only politician to be invited by the CID. This is a democracy and they have called you. ET Mensah was arrested and dumped in BNI cells, Akufo-Addo was arrested and sent to BNI annex. Even President Rawlings was once invited by the CID office so Mr Ampofo will not be the first high profile political figure to have an encounter with the police,” he said.
The police, he noted, would have to prove a case against Mr Ampofo, adding that he can contest the police action if he thinks his rights are being violated.
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