Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

A Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has stated that criminals may soon vie for the position of Members of Parliament (MPs) to escape arrest and to run from justice.

His comments follow heavy criticisms by the minority against the arrest and detention of the New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Aburi-Nsawam, OB Amoah over the controversial 51 million cedis judgement debt paid to business man Alfred Woyome.
The Minority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu at a press conference yesterday stated that “there was no credible reason for the arrest of OB Amoah.”
He said the police were embarking on a “baseless and fruitless enterprise” describing the arrest as “manifestly and patently an exercise in political equalization” by the government.
“…We question today the modus of the arrest of a colleague Member of Parliament. We question the capricious use of power, notwithstanding we in the minority will not be intimidated at all by this latest resort.
However,  Mr Okudzeto said the utterances of the Minority leader could only “incur the wrath of the good people of this country.”
He warned that:  “Very soon if care is not taken all kinds of criminals will contest for Parliament so that they can buy immunity and abuse the limited immunities that Members of Parliament have”.
The Deputy Information Minister indicated that if Eric Amoateng, who is serving his term in the US for narcotic related offences, had been arrested in Ghana he would have claimed the alibi of being on parliamentary duties to escape arrest.
“We thank God Eric Amoateng was arrested in America,” Mr Ablakwa indicated.
For a party (NPP) notorious for arresting former Members of Parliament –Dan Abodakpi, ET Mensah and Twumasi Appiah in the past- it was hypocritical for them to be crying foul now that their colleague has been arrested, the Deputy Minister hinted.

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