When the news of the arrest of Mr Mensah Thompson hit the airwaves, most Ghanaians think that it will not end up anywhere since there have been a number of such cases unattended to. There were those who also felt that the arrest was not necessary since it will look like intolerance on the part of the government, especially the executive arm.
Mr. Mensah Thompson, who is the Executive Director of Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), an antigraft advocacy civil society group was arrested in relation to publication of false information. He was also detained before being released on a bail of GH¢50,000.
But IMANI Africa’s President and Chief Executive Officer is not happy about the development. Mr Franklin Cudjoe is of the view that Mr Thompson was not supposed to be treated in that manner. “What is going on here? Why detain a person in this matter?”, he quizzed. For him, it is undemocratic to make such arrests and detentions since he thinks “these things happen in autocratic states”.
Mr. Thompson honoured an invitation by the police and was detained at the Teshie District Police Command. He has been charged for publication of false news after the Ghana Armed Forces made a formal complaint against him at the police station. It was also said that the arrest was advocated by the National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Henry Nana Boakye. He was arraigned before the Kaneshie District Court yesterday.
His arrest was at a result of his allegation that the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, and his friends and relatives had used the nation’s presidential jet for a shopping trip in the United Kingdom in December last year and demanded explanations from those in charge.
The Ghana Armed Forces then came out to deny his claims and pleaded with the general public to disregard such reportage. Mr Thompson, feeling the heat, apologized in a number of publications, mostly shared on social media but that did not satisfy the GAF.
We will keep eyes and pens on this matter and report to our cherished readers any development.