Government has denied an allegation by Mr Martin Kpebu, the lawyer for ACP Dr Benjamin Agordzor suggesting that the arrest and detention of his client over an alleged coup plot amounted to witch hunting masterminded by the government, ABC News can report.
Reacting to the allegation, the Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Enam Hadzide said government takes strong exception to the assertion, stressing that government has no hand whatsoever in the development.
Describing the allegation as a figment of the imagination of Mr Kpebu, he indicated strongly that the security agencies must be allowed to discharge their duties without any form of interference.
His reaction follows an assertion by Mr Kpebu suggesting that his client is being hounded for advocating an independent police service at a forum organised by the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), a few months ago.
According to him, even the nature of the interrogation at the premises of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), Tuesday gives government out as being on an agenda to victimise his client.
In a quick rebuttal, Mr Hadedze rejected the claims and rather advised Mr Kpebu to focus on the defense of his client, study the merits of the case and adduce evidence to his ‘witch hunting’ claims.
“Our advise to the Counsel will be to refrain from attempting to draw government into the operations of the security agencies and to focus on the defense of his client and to produce evidence if there is any of what he claims is government’s attempt to witch hunt.
“Government denies the allegation of an attempted witch hunting vigorously. It is not true, a figment of the imagination of the learned counsel and we will advise that he should focus on the defense of his client. He should abreast himself with the facts of the matter under investigation and should also allow the security agency to do their work. He should not attempt to interfere and determine how the security agency go about their job. So we deny that allegation strongly and we deny that assertion,” he said.
ACP Agordzor, who is currently under investigation for his alleged involvement in a plot to destabilise the country, has been remanded into BNI custody after appearing in Court Wednesday.
Speaking to journalists after appearing before the Kaneshie District Court, ACP Agordzor denied his involvement in the alleged coup plot, suspecting it to be an attempt to mute him for standing against political interference in the work of the Police.
“The charges are frivolous. I am as strong as anything. Nobody should bog me, I have not committed any crime. I have done nothing wrong. The President called upon us to be citizens so when I express my opinion on WhatsApp platforms unrelated to any alleged coup, nobody should bog me down. I will stand for this till the end. You cannot break me down because I am strong for anything,” he said.