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10.02.2004 General News

Kojo T draws the heaviest crowd to NRC so far

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Accra, Feb 10, GNA - The appearance of Captain Kojo Tsikata, former National Security Adviser at the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) on Tuesday drew the largest attendance so far to the Commission. As early as 0800 hours, well before the Commission started hearing evidence, the hall of the Old Parliament House was filled to capacity amidst heavy Police presence. People, who wanted to cast a glimpse of the once dreaded "Kojo T", had inundated both the northern and southern galleries, which had virtually been empty on ordinary hearing days.
Absentee accredited press houses as well as the international press were also at the Commission, to see what news they could make of the evidence of Capt Tsikata.
Capt Tsikata had been subpoenaed to the Commission, to give evidence in connection with documents submitted to the Commission, by Mrs Jemima Acquah, the widow of Major Sam Acquah (rtd), the Army Officer, who abducted and murdered alongside the three High Court Judges on June 30 1982.
The document had implicated Captain Tsikata of complicity in the dastardly act.
Captain Tsikata arrived some minutes after 1000 hours in an executive BMW car, dressed in a navy-blue political suit with black shoes to match.
Cool and collected Captain Tsikata spoke referring intermittently to his notes.
On two occasions the audience applauded when he gave answers to some questions.
However, some members of the audience were taken aback and stretched their necks to take a better look at the Retired Captain when he asked the Counsel of the Commission, Mr Edward Allotei Mingle, who was leading him to give evidence: "Do I have to insult you?"
Capt Tsikata denied his involvement in the hideous crime and seemed to have convinced quite a number of the audience from the comments they made after the hearing.
Indeed the Commission has been very beneficial to the Retired Captain from all indications as he was mobbed by a large crowd of people that sang victory songs as he walked out of the chamber to his car waiting outside.

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