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Sending heavily-armed men to arrest Anyidoho unfortunate – John Mahama

John Mahama
John Mahama

Former president John Mahama has registered his dissatisfaction at the manner the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Deputy General Secretary was arrested, describing it as unfortunate.

Condemning the arrest and subsequent ill-treatment meted out to some media personnel and NDC faithful at the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Tuesday, Mr Mahama questioned the president's credentials as a human rights activist.

“As a party that prides itself in the non-criminalization of speech, with a self-acclaimed human rights activist as President, the arrest of K. Anyidoho with armed men in the middle of a press event is obviously disproportionate. Moreso, the high-handed police response to innocent citizens waiting at the CID HQ is condemnable,” he wrote on Facebook.

Mr Anyidoho was picked up by CID officials Tuesday in connection with inflammatory comments he made on an Accra-based Happy FM, Monday.

“On January 13, 1972, a certain Col. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong led a movement that removed the Progress Party from power. Busia was the Prime Minister and Akufo-Addo’s father was a ceremonial president. Somebody should tell Nana Akufo-Addo that history has a very interesting way of repeating itself. There’ll be a civil revolt. 

"There’ll be a people’s movement. During President John Mahama’s tenure didn’t we receive similar threats from the likes of Let My Vote Count and OccupyGhana? There’ll be a civilian coup d’état; there’ll be a social revolution and the movement is starting on Wednesday. He [Akufo-Addo] will be fed up with the Presidency,” Mr Anyidoho said.

General Secretary of the NDC Asiedu Nketia has since dissociated the party from the comments stating that they are the personal opinions of his deputy.

The comments have also been condemned by scores with Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, describing them as treasonable.

Mr Anyidoho has since been slapped with treason a charge and also transferred to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline

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