The NDC is preempting an imminent arrest of the party’s chairman by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service. The police are said to have obtained a warrant for the arrest of the national chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.
The said warrant comes on the back of the refusal of Ofosu Ampofo to report to the police CID headquarters to aid investigations in connection with the recent kidnappings and fire outbreaks in the country.
The NDC confirmed the issue of the warrant in a statement signed by NDC’s Director of Communications, Mr. Kakra Essamuah saying it has come to their knowledge that the government, using the security agencies, has obtained a court warrant for the arrest of its national Chairman.
Mr. Kakra Essamuah’s statement alleged that “the security agencies intend to do this apparently in conjunction with elements of NPP vigilante forces and that they intend to arrest the Chairman in a manner aimed at lowering him in the esteem of Ghanaians”.
The statement added that “whilst still respecting the already-stated stance of the Council of Elders regarding police invitations, we wish to state that the national Chairman is a law-abiding citizen who will never flout an order properly obtained from a court with authority to do so”.
The National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo had through his lawyers declined the invitation of the Police CID over recent fire outbreak and kidnappings.
In the letter to the Police Service, his lawyer Dr. Dominic Akuritinga Ayine said the police CID was engaged in an ongoing prosecution of the chairman hence “Having carefully reviewed your letter against the background of the ongoing prosecution of our client, 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 defense.”
The letter also said the work of the police against chairman Ofosu Ampofo was part of a wider political witchhunt from the Akufo-Addo led administration.