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Lawyers demand dismissal of CID boss over leaked statement

June 8, 2018

By Papisdaff Abdullah.

TIWAA ADOO DANQUAH

A group of lawyers is calling on president Akufo-Addo to sack the head of Ghana’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) following the leakage of a caution statement written by the GFA boss.

Kwasi Nyantakyi’s statement to the police flooded social media in a case reported by President Akufo-Addo over allegation of false pretense.

The group known as Lawyers in Search of Democracy (LINDOD) described the situation as “disgraceful” which should warrant a resignation by the CID head Tiwaah Addo Danquah or outright dismissal.

“The blame for this disgraceful leakage must be squarely placed at the doorstep of the Director General of CID Madam Tiwaah Addo Danquah. We hasten to say that unless Madam Tiwaah Addo Danquah comes clear on this embarrassing situation or show that the document leaked is fake, and does not ernanate from her outfit, she has no moral right to remain in office, even for one more day and must honourably resign in order to restore the sinking image of that office.

“We are calling on the President without hesitation to sack Madam Tiwaah Addo Danquah immediately and cause the IGP to purge that office of all disgraceful characters who are gradually dragging his office into an irredeemable abyss,” spokesperson for the group George Loh said in a statement.

They have given the presidency a 72-hour ultimatum to act else they will pursue the matter in court.

“If we do not see any action taken on this matter within 72 hours of this release, we shall have no option than to take other lawful measures to enforce our legitimate demand as citizens of Ghana,” the statement added.

Below is the full statement:

Lawyers In Search OF Democracy (LINSOD) have read with shock and trepidation the leakage of the document purporting to be the investigative caution statement written by Mr. Kwasi Nyantakyi on demand and handed over to the Police CID on 23rd May 2018.

As practicing lawyers, we wonder how come a piece of evidence which the police gathers in the course of investigation, which even criminal defence lawyers are unable to obtain before trial in order to prepare adequately for their cases, has become part of media publication and commentary.

This to us is mind boggling indeed.

With the awareness that there are currently pending constitutional cases before the Supreme Court by citizens seeking to get clarity on their constitutional right to access such evidence made to the Police by clients facing criminal prosecution yet to be adjudicated upon, it shows the extent to which the police hold tenaciously to these caution statements.

The blame for this disgraceful leakage must be squarely placed at the doorstep of the Director General of CID Madam Tiwaah Addo Danquah.

We hasten to say that unless Madam Tiwaah Addo Danquah comes clear on this embarrassing situation or show that the document leaked is fake, and does not emanate from her outfit, she has no moral right to remain in office, even for one more day and must honourably resign in order to restore the sinking image of that office.

We are calling on the President without hesitation to sack Madam Tiwaah Addo Danquah immediately and cause the IGP to purge that office of all disgraceful characters who are gradually dragging his office into an irredeemable abyss.

If we do not see any action taken on this matter within 72 hours of this release, we shall have no option than to take other lawful measures to enforce our legitimate demand as citizens of Ghana.

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