Officials of the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are not forthcoming with information on the arrest of the assemblyman for Annumle electoral area in Achimota – a suburb of Accra – Kodzo Hamenya Keglo, for allegedly dealing in narcotic drugs.
Keglo is also the secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Okaikoi North constituency.
Another NDC executive, David Tettey Kwame,Lower Manya Krobo constituency youth organiser, is already standing trial for narcotic-related offence.
Credible information gathered by DAILY GUIDE indicates that policemen on visibility duty at the La Polyclinic area accosted Keglo’s vehicle Tuesday afternoon following a tip-off by an informant that a man carrying substances suspected to be Indian hemp (popularly called wee) and cocaine was driving towards their (policemen’s) direction.
Upon reaching the spot, the police were said to have stopped the vehicle and searched it, leading to the purported discovery of the narcotic drugs – some pellets of cocaine and wee concealed in a compartment of the car.
The police officers were subsequently said to have taken the suspect to the police headquarters and handed him over to the narcotics unit of the CID.
DAILY GUIDE sources said on the way to the police headquarters, the suspect started making frantic calls to some key and influential persons in society and that no sooner had they arrived at the place than a senior officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) pulled up to intervene for his release.
This was said to have been followed with a series of calls from some government officials, demanding the immediate release of Keglo.
According to sources, the suspect was subsequently granted bail by an official (name withheld) of scandal-infested MASLOC.
The police even though are tight-lipped and claim investigations are still ongoing, have come to the conclusion that Keglo was set up but would not disclose who set the gentleman up.
Even as the person who allegedly set the NDC secretary up had not been arrested, the police went ahead to free the suspect.
When DAILY GUIDE visited the police CID headquarters yesterday, officers were tight-lipped.
Instead, Director of Operations of department, Chief Superintendent John Asare Naami, requested that DAILY GUIDE disclose its source before he would give any details about the case.
That was when Narcotics Unit Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Daniel Hukporti, had taken the paper for briefing.
At the first instance he said, ‘We have so many of those cases so we don’t know what you are talking about.’
DAILY GUIDE gave the information it has for verification but Asare Naami proved extremely hostile and not forthcoming, making the paper to narrate the whole information.
When the paper declined to name its source, the police chief became insistent saying the suspected the NDC man was set up.
Even before DSP Hukporti would take DAILY GUIDE to Chief Superintendent Asare Naami, ASP Odame Okyere and another senior officer at the department had all said the case was a frame-up.
Head of the public relations unit at the CID headquarters, ASP Benefo Darkwa, was brought into the meeting at a point but nothing good came out of it, claiming not to have any knowledge about the case.
The issue then changed from the journalist giving information to ASP Darkwa to inspecting the identity card of the reporter on the instruction of Mr Asare Naami.
When the journalist pulled the ID out and showed it to him, he complained of the card fading.
Even though he took the reporter’s mobile telephone number with the promise to call back and give the full details of the case, that promise of ASP Darkwa had not been fulfilled as at press time yesterday.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu
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