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Opinions of Saturday, 2 July 2011

Columnist: Pobee-Mensah, Tony

Ms. Ama Benyiwa Doe

I have followed the Ama Benyiwa Doe story for the simple reason that I am from Cape

Coast. This is not any of my business and anyone has every right to tell me so, but

against my better judgment, I will beg to offer the following opinion.

When you cry for help and no one answers your cry, you scream out ever louder. Mr.

Doe-Vermavor's articles on Ghanaweb sounds to me like cries for help getting louder

and louder.

I do not know Mr. Doe-Vermavor, nor do I know Ms. Benyiwa Doe. I cannot vouch the

veracity of either of them and cannot say that I don't believe them. I can say

however that there could very well be a family in Ghana hurting; believing that Ms.

Benyiwa Doe caused the death of a love one. Ms. Benyiwa Doe can easily put an end

to it and she hasn't done it.

Ms. Benyiwa Doe has confirmed that she went to Nigeria with her husband and then

left him there expecting him to join her in Ghana. If the husband didn't join her,

I would think she would spend a little time to find out why before getting a

divorce. I would also think that amidst accusation of "murder", Ms Benyiwa Doe will

make some effort to locate the husband and present him or present a little more

about his where about rather than a casual "he is somewhere in Accra".

Ms. Benyiwa Doe can request a letter or a statement from Nigerian police officials

to verify that they are not doing any murder investigation involving her. She can

also request Ghana police to investigate and issue a report. I am sure they will

have every access to Nigerian police.

The Ghanaweb article by a gentleman from Cambridge, UK looks to me like someone

putting a finger to someone's face and yelling, liar, liar, liar. The gentleman has

said he knows one of the parties and not the other. He has however made judgment on

them. Sometimes you do well reserving some judgment even on those you know well.

Finally when there is an accusation of "murder" of a Ghanaian, I would think Ghana

police will have some interest in doing some preliminary investigation to see if it

is something worth a full blown investigation. Civil rights organizations I believe

are watch dogs for abuses of governments and government officials and their

surrogates and of institutions not individual allegations of "murder".

I do not wish to claim that Ms. Benyiwa Doe should prove herself innocent just

because someone accused her. I think being a public official; she will herself want

to put this matter to rest and maybe put Mr. Doe Vermavor on notice. It will also

clear the minds of "Joe Public" of any doubt.

Tony Pobee-Mensah