Amenfi East NPP Parliamentary candidate arrested  

Story: News Desk 

The Police Service has arrested the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for Amenfi East, Ernest Frimpong over recent comments.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, Mr Frimpong was seen addressing a forum with individuals believed to be illegal miners, allegedly advising them to resist military officers who claim to be patrolling the area and attempting to forcibly remove them.

Also present at the forum was the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, who also heads the Regional Security Council.

The Parliamentary Candidate according to our investigations  wrote his statement at the police station in Tarkwa on Wednesday, June 12.

Ernest Frimpong has already denied the allegations, asserting that he did not endorse illegal mining or encourage miners to fight military personnel.

He claimed his remarks were taken out of context from a two-hour engagement with artisanal small-scale miners, emphasising that his intentions were misrepresented. 

Speaking to the media, the Chairman of the Municipal Security Council for Amenfi East, Frederick Korankye confirmed the arrest.

The MCE added that “he is seeking bail, he went there with a lawyer to grant him a police inquiry bail in the meantime and then maybe he will be reporting himself the next day.”

It is unclear yet what charges have been slapped on the aspiring Amenfi East legislator.

But  Deputy NDC General Secretary, Mustapha Gbande was curious as to why it took this long to arrest Mr Frimpong.

But the Amenfi East MUSEG boss explained that at the time the police invited  Mr Frimpong days ago, he was outside the region.

“The meeting happened about two months ago and we were not aware. In fact, security was not aware about the content of the video until it popped up. So when it popped up, I think we saw the video over the weekend. So he was invited on Monday. They placed a call on him on Monday and then yesterday he reported himself to the police”, he said.

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) already issued a stern warning against the calls for attacks on soldiers, highlighting the significant threat such actions pose to the nation’s security and stability.

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