Release Awutu Senya East NDC PC now – Mahama to Police

The Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, John Mahama has urged the Inspector-General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare to immediately release the NDC Parliamentary candidate for Awutu Senya East, Phyllis Naa Koryoo Okunor.

She was arrested by the Police on Friday over a gun that was found in her car last Sunday at Ofaakor near Kasoa in the Central Region.

Naa Koryoo Okunor is currently in custody at the Cantonment Police Station assisting investigation.

Mr Mahama commeting on the issue condemned the arrest arguing that there’s no justification for detaining her.

He urged the IGP to urgently reconsider his actions and release Naa Koryoo immediately for the sake of justice and the stability of our nation.

According to the former President, this action, taken on the instructions of the National Security Secretariat, will needlessly raise the political temperature in the country and spark avoidable tension.

“The Police Service and the IGP must not allow themselves to be used to hang the peace and stability of our nation months before crucial national elections.

“I call on the IGP, the Peace Council, the government, and the people of Ghana to recognise that justice is not just a moral imperative but a crucial prerequisite for maintaining peace and stability in a nation,” Mr Mahama said in a statement.

He added: “We cannot allow the police service to be used to stifle opposition and intimidate innocent Ghanaians and political opponents in the run-up to the 2024 elections.

“Clearly, the intention to detain her after she had already been granted bail is an attempt to intimidate the NDC Parliamentary candidate in her quest to unseat the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hawa Koomson, in the Awutu Senya East Constituency.”

Mr Mahama further stated that it is high time the police fulfilled their duty to serve and protect all citizens, irrespective of their political affiliations.

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