April 13, 2012

The Member of Parliament for Akyem Abukwa and Lawyer for the owner of the collapse Melcom building at Achimota, Samuel Atta Akyea is contesting the continuous detention of the shop owner Nana Boadu Nkansah Ayeboafo in police cells.

He is equally shocked at the rush to have his client punished by charging him with negligently causing harm under the criminal code Act 29 when no concrete investigations has been carried out concerning the collapsed edifice.

Nana Boadu Ayeboafo has been remanded by the court following the collapse of the Achimota branch of the Melcom building last week which claimed 14 lives.

However speaking on Okay FM on Wednesday, Hon. Attah Akyea stated that his client who is suffering from psychological trauma is being unfairly treated as he is being sacrificed to lessen the pain of the bereaved family, and has been portrayed as the culprit; an action he condemned strongly.

He noted that his client a popular Chief in the Ashanti region who could be reached anytime the Accra Metropolitan Assembly(AMA) and law enforcement body needed him must not be treated like a common criminal and even deny his family access to him.

“I cannot understand why we are being so insensitive treating the chief this way. The AMA thinks by going to court exparti to obtain an order to restrain the man and his family from going into their own residence means they are working? This is very unfair’’ he said.

Hon. Atta Akyea indicated that he is heading to the Supreme Court to request for bail his client.

Kwadwo Anim/Ghanamps.gov.gh