The Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress, Kakra Essamuah, has indicated that the “Gestapo” style arrest was a reprisal act towards Mr. Gyamfi for constantly exposing the corrupt activities of the Nana Addo government.
Mr Essamuah made this assertion at a press encounter yesterday, January 28 2020.
He stated, “While remaining law-abiding, we will not sit like ducks on top of the water to be picked up one after the other by a handful of rogue elements within the Police acting on misguided orders from the Presidency,”.
Mr. Essamuah further accused Nana Bediatuo Asante and the government of intimidating and harassing the opposition party members in an attempt to silence them in the upcoming 2020 general elections.
The comment comes after security officials ambushed Sammy Gyamfi with an arrest warrant after participating in a television discussion on Accra-based UTV on Monday.
The arrest was in connection with an ongoing cyber crime offense leveled against him by Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante.
“Because he [Nana Bediatuo Asante] had hoped that the fact of his nuclear family being members in the Akufo-Addo government will remain hidden,” Mr. Essamuah added.
The NDC Communicator further warned, “We shall challenge the abuse of power to every extent possible. We shall deploy every legal and social arsenal at our disposal in defence of our rights to free expression and freedom of association.
We shall also defend our rights to privacy and means of communication. Especially the creeping practice of this government in using the police and the courts to intrude and intercept the private communications of citizens.
In the pursuit of these rights and that of all Ghanaians, we shall not tire, we shall not rest, we shall not falter and we shall not relent. We are unwilling to surrender our rights to a democratically elected leader who is carrying himself as a despot.
Fellow Ghanaians, in the coming days, we will be outlining a series of activities aimed at opposing in the strongest possible terms, the acts of suppression by President Akufo-Addo and his hawkish relatives in government.
In conclusion, we would also like to remind the Ghana Police Service that their first and foremost responsibility is the maintenance of law and order. Their loyalty must be to the state and the people of Ghana.
They are not appendages of Akufo-Addo and must not act as such, even if some of their senior officers have gained undeserved promotions motivated by political considerations. Their role should not be the needless and shameful intimidation of the opposition.
As they would be aware, political power is transient and we are convinced that the political hawks at the Jubilee House from whom they are taking instructions to behave so capriciously would be there one year from today.
As I have indicated earlier, we will be embarking on a series of activities to press home our demand for an immediate cessation of the harassment and intimidation of our leading members and we will make public a road map in the coming days”.