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Politics of Friday, 19 June 2020

Source: Peace FM

Interfering with party members arrest is a threat to Ghana's democracy - Atik to political parties

Atik Mohammed has cautioned political parties to stop supporting their members who infract the laws of the country.

According to him, the culture where political parties interfere with security forces when they arrest a member must stop.

Speaking on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo' programme, Atik Mohammed recounted occasions where the parties would sympathize with their members for committing crimes or making statements that the security agencies demand to interrogate them but, in sympathizing with the members, the parties go as far as undermining the authority of the security forces.

He alluded to Apostle Kwabena Adjei, an NDC member and a man of God, who was recently arrested for threatening the life of EC Chairperson Jean Mensa and also making allegations that President Nana Akufo-Addo and some bigwigs of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have a hand in the death of the late J.B Danquah.

Apostle Kwabena Adjei was arrested by BNI officials in his residence but the Minority in Parliament condemned the way and manner the BNI swooped down on their member.

Although he was charged with three offences of which two are threat of death and possessing a narcotic drug after a search by the security officials showed marijuana in his pocket, the NDC still challenged the security forces.

But to Atik Mohammed, such attitude by political parties to rescue their members from the grip of security forces is a “threat to our very democracy because when a person commits a crime, that is why we have rule of law. Let the laws deal with the person. But you say we're running with you, we're hopping with you; you can do whatever you want to do with the person but that shouldn't prevent the security agencies from doing which they're obliged by law to do”.

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