July 13, 2011

The Speaker of Parliament, Mrs Adeline Bamford Addo says she will go every length to provide maximum protection for sitting Members of Parliaments.

She says it is her responsibility to provide protection for all MPs who she superintends over and she will ensure she does not compromise their safety and security.

The speaker’s comment follows ordering for the release of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea after he had been arrested by the Police yesterday for defrauding a customer.

The Speaker on the floor of Parliament today states that she personally called the Inspector General of Police Mr Paul Tawiah Quaye to release the MP as she had not been pre-informed of his arrest.

The Parliamentarians this morning had cause to complain to the Speaker over their own safety and the manner in which their colleague was arrested.

But Mrs Bamford Addo states that she has the MPs welfare at heart and she will ensure they do their legitimate work without any threat to their freedom or lives.

Mr Atta Akyea was yesterday July, 12, 2011arrested and charged with stealing and fraudulent breach of trust by the Commercial Crime Unit of the Ghana Police Service.

The MP who was arrested on the premises of the Accra High Court, where he was scheduled to be witness to a case pending before the court, was later granted bail in the sum of GH¢100,000 with one surety

According to police sources, Mr Akyea was arrested for his alleged role in the embezzlement of US$60,000 earmarked by J. Adom Company Limited for the purchase of a building situated in the Airport Residential Area in Accra.

The MP has however denied the charges.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh