Naa Koryoo’s arrest: Your “order from above” claims false, baseless – Ghana police to Asiedu Nketia

File Photo: NDC General Secretary Asiedu Nketiah addressing the queenmother and elders of Berekum
File photo: NDC General Secretary Asiedu Nketiah

The Ghana Police Service has strongly denied allegations by Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), that the arrest of Phillis Naa Koryoo Okunor, the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Awutu Senya East, was made under “orders from above.”

In a video circulating on social media, Asiedu Nketia claimed that the Accra Regional Police Commander, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), and the Inspector-General of Police had informed him that the arrests were directed by higher authorities.

However, the police have dismissed these claims as “false and without any bases.”

A police statement released on 9 June clarified that none of the officers mentioned by Nketia had made any such pronouncements.

“We would like to categorically state that the claims are false and without any bases. None of the officers mentioned in the video has at any point in time made any such pronouncement,” the statement read.

The controversy began when three individuals, including Naa Koryoo, were arrested at Ofaakor on 2 June for possession of a firearm without lawful authority.

A pump-action gun with four rounds of ammunition was found in their vehicle near the Electoral Commission’s office.

Despite the discovery, Naa Koryoo maintained that the firearm was legally licensed and intended for her protection due to previous threats from the incumbent NPP MP and Minister for Fisheries, Hawa Koomson.

Following her detention on 7 June, NDC supporters besieged the Cantonments Police Station, demanding her release. Naa Koryoo was subsequently granted bail, along with two others.

In response to Asiedu Nketia’s allegations, the police reiterated their commitment to upholding the law and ensuring public safety.

They urged the public to disregard the unfounded claims and assured that the case was being handled with impartiality.

The police have forwarded the docket on Naa Koryoo’s case to the Attorney General for review and advice. As political tensions rise, the NDC continues to advocate for transparency and fairness in the handling of their candidate’s case.


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