The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye, has incurred the wrath of some Members of Parliament (MPs) who are calling on the speaker of the house to summon him before the Privileges Committee for threatening to arrest an MP, which is deemed a breach of privileges of parliament.
DCOP Kofi Boakye was said to have called the MP for Asante-Akim North, Kwadwo Baah Agyeman, on his cell phone Thursday evening and told him that he (Boakye) had petitioned the speaker and would be arresting the MP for allegedly holding a press conference at Agogo to incite the youth of the town to attack Fulani herdsmen in the area.
The Ashanti Regional Commander is reported to have spoken on a number of radio stations and said he was going to arrest the honourable member of parliament for allegedly inciting the youth of Agogo to attack Fulani herdsmen who are on record to be constantly harassing residents of the area and in some cases, killing and raping women.
At yesterday’s sitting, the MP for Bekwai, Joseph Osei-Owusu, raised the issue on the floor of parliament and asked the speaker to invite the police commander to the Privileges Committee for threatening to arrest an MP who was duly playing his role as an MP to lead his people to protest against the danger Fulani herdsmen pose to the people of his constituency.
“Mr Speaker, I want to raise a matter of privileges. I have heard the Ashanti Regional Police Commander on radio saying that he would arrest one of our colleagues and that this is in contravention of Article 122 of the 1992 Constitution,” he said, adding that the regional commander must be dragged before the Privileges Committee for issuing out such threat.
The speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho, said the call was premature because he himself had not had the privilege to hear that threat and that if an evidence was produced to that effect, he would willingly consider it.
“I need to get the facts before I could refer the matter, based on my discretion, to the Privileges Committee,” he said, stressing that there is nowhere in the world that a Member of Parliament could be called and threatened by a police officer.
Mr Kwadwo Baah Agyeman, who is at the centre of this hullabaloo, later told journalists in parliament that he was very much surprised that the regional police commander could tow that line.
“The regional police commander must know that I am the representative of the people of Asante-Akim North in parliament and I must always represent their interest so I cannot sit down for Fulanis who are not Ghanaians, to come to my constituency and destroy our farm lands, kill our people and rape our women while the traditional leaders and the police sit aloof,” the MP stressed.
According to him, he held a press conference to ask the people to defend themselves anytime they are attacked by the Fulanis because they had seen that the security people are not ready to flush the Fulanis out of the area.
“It is pathetic that a court has since January, 2011 given an order for the police to drive all the Fulanis from our farmlands and from the whole of Asante-Akim North, but the police have not enforced that court order,” he lamented. He pointed out that the people themselves would take their own destiny into their hands by defending themselves and resolving to also boycott every meeting or durbar called by any traditional leader in the area since they (traditional leaders) had all not responded positively to their concerns.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr