Executive Director of the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Mensah Thompson is in police custody, it is reported.
According to modernghana.com Mr. Thompson is currently being held at the Teshie District Police Command in Accra and is due for court on Thursday, February 10 for allegedly publishing false news.
His arrest follows a formal complaint filed by the Ghana Army after he alleged that children of President Akufo-Addo’s relative used the presidential jet for Christmas shopping in the UK.
Thompson is reported to have said that the 10-day trio took place between 20th-30th of December last year.
The Ghana Army in a press statement denied the claims and further clarified that the aircraft has not embarked on any trip to Europe in a long while.
“We wish to state that the said publication is untrue and without any basis. We additionally wish to state that the said aircraft has not been to Europe for a very long time and this publication is therefore a figment of the author’s imagination,” excepts of the statement said.
Few moments later, Mensah Thompson backtracked on his claims and rendered an unqualified apology.
“In the same medium I made the earlier publication, I withdraw the publication pending an official response from the GCAA. I unreservedly apologise to the Ghana Armed Forces if their image was in anyway affected by my publication. We shall put out for your consumption the response to our request from the GCAA records of the Falcon 900-EX.”, he posted on social media.
Despite the apology, the security agency insisted that it will file a complaint at the police for the allegations to be investigated.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH & News Agencies