The crowd at the court yesterday

The Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, standing trial on charges of treason, was mobbed when he arrived at the Adjabeng Magistrate court for hearing yesterday.

Hundreds of New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters and well-wishers of the embattled MP had converged on the court where combat-ready policemen had been deployed to the main courts at both the Cocoa Affairs and the Supreme Court buildings.

The MP is standing trial for declaring war during a radio programme last week Friday.

He was moved from his cells at the headquarters of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) at Ridge to the court premises in the Accra Central Business district in a convoy of siren-blurring vehicles.

The crowd was excited when Ken arrived at the court premises at Adjabeng.

He acknowledged the cheers and applause of the crowd with a broad smile.

Some of the angry party supporters were clad in red head and arm bands amidst chants of war songs.

By this time, that part of Accra virtually had come to a standstill following an intense gridlock.

Many of these people seemed to be traders and other workers who had abandoned their work to join those who had thronged the place.

The crowd, which had gathered to catch a glimpse of the controversial legislator, was so huge that it covered not only the pavements on both sides of the road, but had also taken over portions of the main road.

Some wielded placards some of which read ‘Free Ken Now’, ‘Ghana Police Is A Disgrace To Truth’, ‘Atta Mills, Is This The Better Ghana You Promised’ and a host of others.

For several hours, vehicles from various parts of Accra were caught in traffic.

Some were compelled by the situation to abandon their vehicles halfway the journey to walk to their various destinations until the MP.

The NPP-affiliated pressure group, the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), has condemned the arrest and detention of Ken Agyapong.

At a press conference in Accra yesterday, Chairman of the group, Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie, said, “Given the sequence of events and the laid-back attitude adopted by the police in dealing with brutalities perpetrated on a section of the political divide, the comments of the Honourable Member were envisaged.

“A careful analysis of the statement shows that, it was a conditional statement” and “therefore not a clarion call on all of us to make a firm commitment to play by rules of the very institutions we have created to serve us as a people,” he said.

Dr Afriyie said that to turn a blind eye to those whose actions triggered the statement by the detained MP and chastise him was nothing but sheer hypocrisy.

For this reason, the leadership of the group said it was not convinced that the comments made by Mr Agyapong were out of place.

The group has however urged the MP to go ahead to do what they described as the ‘honourable thing’, whilst noting that there were systemic grievances and tensions, urging society to rise to find solutions to these undercurrents and desist from gathering the dust under the carpet.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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