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Mahama Demands Release of Detained NDC Candidate Phillis Naa Koryoo

Former President Warns Against Political Intimidation and Rising Tensions

by Adenike Adeodun

Former President John Dramani Mahama has called for the release of Phillis Naa Koryoo Okunor, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for Awutu Senya East, from police custody. In a social media post, Mahama criticized the Inspector-General of Police, George Dampare, and National Security Advisor, Albert Kan-Dapaah, for detaining Okunor despite her being granted bail.

“There is no justification for the decision by the Inspector General of Police George Dampare, on the orders of the National Security Advisor, Albert Kan-Dapaah, to detain a Parliamentary Candidate for the Awutu Senya East Constituency in Police custody,” Mahama stated. He warned that this action could escalate political tensions unnecessarily.

At the time of Mahama’s post, hundreds of NDC supporters had gathered at the Cantonments Police Station, where Okunor was being held over a gun possession case. Mahama suggested that Okunor’s detention was politically motivated, aiming to bolster the chances of Hawa Koomson, the current MP for Awutu Senya East and the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture.

“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,” Mahama added.

Mahama’s statement highlighted concerns about the use of police power to suppress political opposition. He urged the IGP, the Peace Council, the government, and the people of Ghana to recognize that justice is essential for maintaining national peace and stability.

“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,” Mahama emphasized. He called for the immediate release of Okunor, stressing that the police should serve and protect all citizens, regardless of their political affiliations.

The situation has sparked significant public interest, with many viewing it as a test of the country’s commitment to justice and democratic principles. The detention of a political candidate, especially after bail has been granted, raises critical questions about the impartiality of law enforcement agencies in Ghana.

Mahama’s comments come as Ghana prepares for crucial national elections. The former president’s intervention underscores the high stakes involved and the potential for increased political tensions if issues of justice and fairness are not adequately addressed.

In related developments, there have been calls from various quarters for the police to remain neutral and uphold the law impartially. Ensuring that the police are not seen as tools of political manipulation is crucial for maintaining public trust and confidence in the legal system.

The unfolding events have drawn international attention, with observers keenly watching how the situation will be resolved. The response of Ghana’s authorities will likely impact the country’s political landscape and its reputation as a stable democracy.

In conclusion, the detention of Phillis Naa Koryoo Okunor has become a flashpoint in Ghana’s political climate. Former President Mahama’s demand for her release highlights broader concerns about justice, fairness, and the role of law enforcement in political matters. As the nation heads towards elections, ensuring that all parties are treated justly will be vital for preserving peace and stability.

Source: Ghana Web

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