May 17, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah has criticized the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) for unduly detaining Mr Herbert Mensah, a confidant of the former first family (Rawlingses).

He was picked up on Monday and released after nearly nine hours of interrogation on an alleged tape in their (he and Rawlingses) possession which indicated that President Mills had set aside an amount of GHC 90 million to persuade delegates to vote for him in the upcoming NDC national congress in July.

Mr Mensah was kept in an isolated questioning room for hours and was left out of the reach of the public.

He was initially asked to report to the BNI’s Headquarters at Ridge on Monday, but when the former Chief Executive Officer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko arrived somewhere around 10am, he was hurriedly whisked away to another BNI facility, the regional office close to the 37 Military Hospital, for interrogation. All his mobile phones and other communication equipment were siezed.

However speaking on Oman FM’s morning show Tuesday, the Member of Parliament for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, condemned the mode of investigation by the BNI which cause a lot of inconvenience to the interviewees.

He stated that the action by the BNI is part of a grand plot of intimidation by government officials to intimidate supporters of Nana Konadu into submission which is very unfortunate.

Hon. Kofi Jumah called for the re-training of personnel of the Bureau of National Investigations to meet modern international standards.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/