NDC Chair’s Bodyguard Is An Armed Robber- Police
From Issah Alhassan, Kumasi
The Ashanti Regional Police Command is on a collision course with the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Yaw Obimpeh, following the arrest of the bodyguard of the NDC guru for alleged armed robbery.
Abdulai Fuseini, aka 'Mijimma', who is the personal bodyguard of the NDC Chairman, was said to have been part of a gang of five who embarked on a robbery operation at the Juaben Rural Bank in Fumesua, close to Kumasi, on Tuesday morning.
Three of the accomplices managed to escape from the police, but Abdulai Fuseini was arrested, whilst one of the suspects, Yusif, aka 'Johnny', was shot and killed during a gun battle with the police at Kenyase on the same day.
However, the arrest of the suspect has triggered a serious confrontation between the NDC Chairman, who insists on the innocence of his personal bodyguard, and the Regional Police Command.
Even though the police insist Abdulai Fuseini and his gang are one of the hardcore criminals on the police wanted list, Mr. Yaw Obimpeh disagrees, and has sworn to take on the police for the arrest.
The NDC Chairman told a number of radio stations in Kumasi that he would go every length to have Mijinma released from police custody, even if it means sacrificing his blood.
He stated in a radio interview that his bodyguard was not a criminal, and that if 'Mijinma is a criminal, then I am also a criminal, because I have known and worked with him for so many years.'
At the time of filing this report, the NDC Chairman was said to be on his way to Accra, ostensibly, to lobby for the release of the suspect.
Scores of NDC supporters were said to have thronged the premises of the Regional Police Command when news of the arrest of Mijinma broke out on Tuesday, lending credence to the suspect's affiliation with the ruling party.