Ghana UPDATE: Police invite MP for issuing death threats against editor

Kennedy Agyapong, an opposition politician and Member of Parliament for Assin North in the Central Region of Ghana, was on March 9, 2011 invited by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana police over death threats he allegedly made against Alhaji Iddrisu Bature, a former managing editor of the privately-owned Bilingual Free Press newspaper.

Alhaji Bature, who is now the editor of the Al-Hajj newspaper, brought the complaint against the MP after he (the MP) on Febuary 19 allegedly threatened to “kill” him. The threats followed an argument between the two on a local language radio programme on Asempa FM, an Accra-basedradio station, on February 18.

Agyapong told Joy FM, an Accra-based independent radio station, shortly after meeting the police that two CID officials only asked him to submit a written statement on the issue, and that the meeting was cordial.

The MP added that his threats were in reaction to Alhaji Bature, also a sympathizer of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), who has consistently insulted his family members by linking them to drug trafficking.

According to Joy FM, scores of Agyapong’s supporters, who believed the MP’s invitation was politically motivated, besieged the premises of the CID to show solidarity with him.

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