Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho would have spent at least one week in custody if private legal practitioner, Maurice Ampaw was in the shoes of the Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
The outspoken lawyer condemned the pronouncements of Mr Anyidoho, describing it as an “irresponsible” and “dangerous” comment which cannot be justified.
The NDC’s deputy secretary was picked up by the police CID for making comments described as treasonable.
In an interview with Accra based Happy FM, the maverick politician said the president Nana Akufo-Addo would be overthrown in a civil coup.
“Somebody should tell Nana Akufo- Addo, [massa], history has a very interesting way of repeating itself, on the 13th of January 1972, a certain Colonel Ignatius Kuntu Achampong led an insurrection that removed the progress party from power, Busia was the prime minister, Akufo-Addo’s father was the ceremonial president. Somebody should tell Nana Akufo-Addo that history has an interesting way of repeating itself,” Mr Anyidoho stated.
He continued that: “There will be a civil coup d’état, there will be a social revolution, we’re starting on Wednesday, the movement is starting on Wednesday.”
His comments received widespread condemnation from Ghanaians including some members of the NDC.
The party through its General Secretary, Johnson Aseidu Nketia dissociated itself from the comments, indicating that it was the Deputy General Secretary’s personal opinion.
That notwithstanding, supporters and National Executives of the party massed up at the Police Headquarters in solidarity with the embattled party stalwart.
The party members demanded the release of Mr Anyidoho, but were later to learn that their demand would not be met.
Commenting on the matter in a telephone interview on Radio Tamale’s nightly current affairs programme, The People’s Parliament, Lawyer Ampaw said Mr Anyidoho must be detained for his “harsh” comments.
“If I were to be in the shoes of the CID, Koku Anyidoho will spend the Easter (in custody). He would die with Jesus Christ and resurrect with Jesus Christ. It’s left with two days (to Easter) so I would detain him till Friday and Friday is Good Friday,” he stated.
When asked whether he could detain him beyond 48 hours, Mr Ampaw said “After 48 hours you go to court and tell the judge that, my Lord this man is a security threat and he is a potential coup maker, we need him to assist us to do further investigations, the court will not grant him bail.”
Mr Ampaw also condemned the massing up of supporters of the NDC at the CID Headquarters in the wake of the arrest and detention of Mr Anyidoho.
By: Yahaya Masahudu. Radiotamale.firstname.lastname@example.org