It is with regret that the All People’s Congress (APC) has to issue this release in solidarity with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) with regards to the conduct of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service towards its Chairman, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.
We understand that Ghana is a democratic state which must take steps to guard jealously against it's relatively young democracy.
In the exercise of state power, the state must be guided by the fundamental rights of its citizens and take steps to ensure that such rights are not abused, not the least.
We are taken aback at the turn of events following a supposed leaked audio recording purported to be that of Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofu, an audio he denied and cited doctoring.
Indeed, the CID proceeded to court to secure a court’s decision on the said tape and while this matter is under trial in the courts, we woke up to another invitation from the CID on some fresh allegations.
It must be put on record, that, the subject matter in review, having to do with the kidnapping of some three girls in Takoradi, have been with us for a while. As a result, the Director General of the CID, Mrs. Tiwa Addo Danquah, came into the public without any pressure, to assure the families of these kidnapped girls of knowledge of their whereabouts on the 1st of April, 2019, and assured them of their return sooner than later.
It is also on record, that, the President’s right hand prophet, Owusu Bempah, is reported to have hinted the world of his knowledge on the whereabouts of these kidnapped girls, and proceeded to make claims that it is only the president who can demand that he released information on where they are being kept.
As a party, we would want to take the CID on a logical assessment of what would have been necessary in this regard. Would it not be appropriate, and better pursuit of professional standards, if the police had followed up to the promise of it's Director General of CID to make do her promise to the families of these children over 30 days ago?
Again, would it not be an appropriate conduct from the police if they followed up on the claims by the President’s spiritual godfather, Owusu Bempah to release information on the whereabouts of these kids which is proving difficult for the police? Was this not the necessary first step to take long before even proceeding to invite individuals to come respond to allegations of instigating the kidnappings?
We are wholly and severally, in support of the decision by the National Democratic Congress not to allow its Chairman to honour the invitation extended to him by the Police.
We are gradually being waken to the point of belief that the Ghana Police Service under the New Patriotic Party government, is being used as a political propaganda tool for harassments and intimidations to the opposition in the face of blatant abuse of power, ineptitude and failure to fulfil the gargantuan campaign promises made before the 2016 elections.
We want to assure the NDC of our renewed support in fighting what is best classified as oppression and a calculated attempt to frustrate its focus in organising for the 2020 elections.
The APC is of the view that, all political parties that are mindful of the future of this country rooted on the back of experienced democracy, must stand up and be counted when it matters most.
We stand clearly and resolutely for what is right, and we shall not be weary in our resolve in this regard.