Presidential aide, Stanislav Xoese Dogbe, seems to have been dragged into the saga of the brutal murder of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu.
Last week various social media platforms, especially Facebook and WhatsApp, were awash with claims that the presidential staffer had been arrested by the police in connection with the murder. He is currently in Iran with President Mahama, who is on an official visit to that country.
Some sources even claimed that he was prevented from travelling out of the country when he reached the Kotoka International Airport.
The speculation, which came in the form of a cut-and-paste text and which followed the same trend, persisted until Friday when Mr. Dogbe probably realized it was gradually gaining grounds.
It is not clear how the speculation started and the individuals behind it, but Mr. Dogbe thought it was his political opponents in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) since he had earlier directed a spirited attack on them.
An obviously unhappy Stan was provoked to fire back a salvo at those spreading the rumour on his Facebook timeline, full of innuendos and insults.
His response was, “Don’t mind the ‘fools’. It’s their campaign strategy, probably outlined for them by their hardworking strategists; continue to publish falsehood about the President and eventual winner of the 2016 elections and his team.”
He therefore maintained with emphasis, “I have not been invited by any security agency; I have not been involved in any murder or criminal act. I hope the information I am picking about the source of this bullshit is not true, because how it will end can be bad for some people.”
Interestingly, Stan found a way to rope in the leader of the NPP: “and please, Nana Akufo-Addo, let your army help design a message for you for the election instead of this disgraceful things they are engineered to engage in.”
The following day, the presidential aide issued another statement in which he complained about what he called “the deliberate silence of the Ghana Police Service in allowing what is a politically motivated and concocted story to fester throughout the day.”
Apart from denying being arrested by any security agency, he indicated, “I have not and have never been involved in any criminal act or with criminally-minded persons. I have not and have never offered anybody any inducement to commit any criminal act. I have never sent a threatening SMS or message to anybody involved in this matter and have no dealings whatsoever with any such persons; and I have not been contacted by any security agency or officer in connection with any criminal act involving the murder of anybody.”
He claimed to have instructed his lawyers to request and review audio recordings, stories by some mainstream media houses and also the posts of persons on Facebook who had made similar claims against his person.
The police hurriedly issued a statement to rectify the situation.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) therefore caused the Director of Public Affairs of the Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, to issue a statement almost kowtowing to pressure from Stan Dogbe saying, “The attention of the Police Administration has been drawn to stories circulating in public domain that the names of Mr Stan Dogbe and other political personalities have been mentioned in connection with the murder of the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Hon JB Danquah Adu.
“The police can state on authority that the suspect has never mentioned Mr Stan Dogbe or any politician’s name as at now.” It cautioned the public to desist from what the police described as “dangerous lies and half-truths,” adding that they have the potential of jeopardising the investigation process.
The statement added, “The Police Administration has not issued any statement on the result of the investigation being conducted so far, and therefore dissociates itself from stories being peddled regarding the interrogation of the suspect” and entreated the public to desist from acts that border on criminality, “as anyone arrested would be made to face the full rigours of the law.”
By Charles Takyi-Boadu