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General News of Saturday, 11 April 2015


Baako: Murtala’s conspiracy tirade merits probe

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President John Mahama and his government must investigate the tirade of deputy trade and industry minister Ibrahim Murtala Muhammed and reprimand him, Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper Kweku Baako has said.

Mr Baako told Joy FM’s news analysis programme newsfile Saturday that Mr Muhammed’s “utterances are weighty enough to warrant some level of investigations.”

In his view, the Nanton MP “must be held accountable and [asked to] provide answers”.

According to him, “He is already a problem. The presidency may have to take a look at him.”

“The allegations that he made ought to be investigated. Personally he has damaged himself in many ways. A deputy minister of state does not take to radio to say those things...” Mr Baako told host Samson Lardy Anyenini.

“I will expect that a certain public reprimand or show of some public sanction ought to be meted out.”

Mr Muhammed, in an interview on Tamale-based Diamond FM, recently accused a fellow legislator in the same governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) of scheming to court disaffection for him in his own constituency and eventually get him out.

“It is pathetic, absolutely pathetic: it's unethical, it's so funny, it's so stupid, it's so silly, it's nasty, it's un-Islamic for people in the same party to be sitting down and their intention is about how they can get someone out of Parliament,” he burst out.

He warned the chiefs, Mallams and party elders in the constituency against restraining him if he began speaking out to expose his detractors, since in his opinion, those leaders are not speaking against his detractors because they have been bought with "filthy, ill-gotten money".

Apart from his radio outburst, Mr Muhammed alleged on his Facebook page recently that a fellow MP, who is also a Minister hired a girl and equipped her with a tablet so she could get nude pictures of a fellow Cabinet Minister.

He was summoned by the presidency over the allegations.

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