Former Executive Secretary to the IGP and current Member of Parliament for Wa West, Peter Lanchene Toobu has expressed his dissatisfaction with the manner with which the founder and leader of Glorious Word Power Ministries International church, Rev. Owusu Bempah was remanded into police custody.
The former police officer wished that the Man of God would have been remanded into prison custody instead of police custody.
According to the Member of Parliament, the Rev. Owusu Bempah should have been given the full experience of Ghana’s criminal justice which comprises of the police, court and the prisons.
In view of Mr. Toobu, such an experience in the prison would have taught the Man of God that every person is a potential criminal and can be thrown into prison anytime whether the person is guilty or otherwise.
He added that since Rev. Owusu Bempah is close to the President, he can relay his experience with the bad state of Ghana’s prisons to President Akufo-Addo so that they can reformed and also become an ambassador for the prisons in the country to be improved.
Speaking in interview with Accra-based media house monitored by ABC News, “Rev. Owusu Bempah is remanded. I wished it would have been prison custody. I wanted him to have a full experience of police, court and prisons. That is the whole criminal justice system so that when he comes out, because he is close to the president, he will be able to talk to the president to understand that listen, everybody is a potential criminal and everybody is a potential prisoner.”
“Everybody is a potential prisoner whether convicted or remand but you will experience it one day. Sometimes, it is not that you are even guilty but you will be put there till you prove yourself otherwise,” he added.