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Galamsey: Amenfi East NPP PC arrested over ‘inciting’ comment

  Wed, 12 Jun 2024
NPP Parliamentary Candidate for Amenfi East Ernest FrimpongNPP Parliamentary Candidate for Amenfi East Ernest Frimpong

The Ghana Police Service has arrested Ernest Frimpong, the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for Amenfi East, for allegedly inciting illegal miners popularly known as galamseyers against the military taskforce.

In a video that went viral on social media, Mr. Frimpong was seen addressing a forum with individuals believed to be illegal miners, allegedly advising them to resist military officers patrolling the area and attempting to forcefully remove them. Also present at the forum was the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, who heads the Regional Security Council.

According to sources, the Parliamentary Candidate gave his statement at the police station in Tarkwa on Wednesday, June 12. Ernest Frimpong has denied the allegations, asserting that he did not endorse illegal mining or encourage miners to fight military personnel. He claimed his remarks were taken out of context from a two-hour engagement with artisanal small-scale miners, emphasizing that his intentions were misrepresented.

Speaking on Joy FM, Frederick Korankye, Chairman of the Municipal Security Council for Amenfi East, confirmed the arrest. He added, "He is seeking bail; he went there with a lawyer to obtain a police inquiry bail for the meantime and will likely report himself the next day."

The charges against the aspiring Amenfi East legislator remain unclear. Deputy NDC General Secretary Mustapha Gbande expressed curiosity about the delay in Mr. Frimpong's arrest. However, the Amenfi East MUSEC boss explained that at the time the police notified Mr. Frimpong days ago, he was outside the region.

"The meeting happened about two months ago, and we were not aware. In fact, security was not aware of the content of the video until it surfaced. We saw the video over the weekend, so he was invited on Monday. They placed a call to him on Monday, and he reported to the police yesterday," he explained.

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has already issued a stern warning against calls for attacks on soldiers, highlighting the significant threat such actions pose to the nation’s security and stability.

However, the MCE does not believe that the candidate’s statement has the potential to incite the public against the security services. According to him, the youth in the district have demonstrated decorum in the face of adversity and are unlikely to create any form of violence.

"In fact, the police service can attest to the fact that Amenfi East people are law-abiding. They have been working with the police and security services because they understand the nature of the work we do here, particularly in mining. We have been relying heavily on the security services to combat armed robbery," he added.

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