BY MUNTALLA INUSAH
THE EMBATTLED former Director of Operations in the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dr Benjamin Agordzo, who has been handed over to the Inspector General of Police to ensure his safety, is currently under house arrest.
ACP Agordzo, who was hitherto in Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) custody, was released to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) following a court order and the DAILY HERITAGE has gathered ACP Agordzo is currently lodging at a place prepared for him by the IGP.
In court yesterday when the case was called, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvester Asare told the court that investigations were still going on and prayed for the case to be adjourned.
The prosecutor said immediately investigations were done, the bill of indictment would be prepared. Defence lawyers did not opposed the prosecutor.
In an interaction with one of the lawyers representing ACP Agordzo, he said “ACP Agordzo is under house arrest. It is not as if he is in his house but at a place prepared for him by the police within the Police Headquarters.”
ACP Agordzo and nine others have been arraigned for their respective roles in an alleged case of attempt to destabilize the state.
Previously in court on Wednesday, November 20, ACP Agordzo was charged with abetment of treason felony and had his case consolidated with nine others, including Dr Frederick Yao Mac Palm, who are facing conspiracy and treason felony charges.
All suspects with civilian background have since been remanded in police custody while those with military background are remanded in the cells of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Magistrate Eleanor Botwe, while remanding the suspects, specifically ordered that ACP Agordzo be handed over to the IGP upon a request by his lawyers.
New charge sheet
With the prosecution filing a consolidated charge sheet, ACP Dr Agordzo and the other nine alleged coup plotters have been named on one charge sheet.
The 10 suspects, including five soldiers, have been charged with offences including conspiracy to commit treason felony, treason felony, abetment to commit treason, conspiracy to possess explosives, arms and ammunition without lawful excuse and possession of explosives, arms and ammunition without lawful excuse.
They have been accused of plotting to destabilise the country and “possibly take over the government.”
Colonel Samuel Kodzo Gameli, Warrant Officer II Esther Saan Dekuwine, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Lance Corporal Sylvester Akanpewon, Dr Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, Donyo Kafui, aka Ezor, and Bright Alan Debrah.
Dr Mac-Palm is a medical practitioner; Kafui, a blacksmith; Debrah, a fleet manager, and Akpah, a weapons mechanic at the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).