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30.03.2004 General News

I Don't Need the IGP; If He Needs Me, He Should Call Me - Gen. Mosquito

By Ghanaian Chronicle

The outspoken NDC Member of Parliament for Wenchi West, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketsia (General Mosquito), who recently alleged that the President wanted to kill him, has said he would not, on his own, go back to meet the Inspector General of Police (IGP) over the allegation, after his unsuccessful attempt to honour an invitation by the Police head last Thursday.

He said it would be inappropriate for him to return to meet the IGP, Nana Owusu Nsiah and he had no intention of reporting back to him.

"I don't need the IGP. If he needs me, he should call me", Asiedu Nketsia retorted to The Chronicle's enquiry moments after he had complied with the IGP's invitation and was told of his inability to meet him immediately.

The office of the Police Head had requested the MP to return another day to see the IGP in connection with the front-page publication of March 11, this year of The Chronicle headlined: "Kufuor Wants to Kill Me".

The MP received a letter dated the same day the publication came out, through the Speaker of Parliament inviting him to the police headquarters at 4 pm the following day, March 12, to discuss the issue.

The letter, which was signed by the director of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), David Asante-Apeatu, was copied to the Minister of the Interior and the National Security Coordinator.

Explaining the delay in his response to the call to meet the IGP, Asiedu Nketsia said that he received the invitation on Wednesday, March 24, when he checked his pigeonhole in Parliament after he had returned from his constituency.

He had left for his constituency on March 15 to register in the on-going voter registration exercise.

On receiving the invitation, the MP said, he quickly arranged with his lawyer, Dr. Nii Josiah Aryeh, General Secretary of the NDC, who accompanied him to the office of the IGP only to be told the police boss was "too busy" and that if he did not have enough time, he could return another day, which was not specified.

General Mosquito categorically stated that he had no intention of reporting to the Ghana police, whose neutrality he could not trust after numerous experiences he had had with them in the past.

The MP said his conclusion that the president wanted to kill was based on a newspaper report, which alleged that a hit squad had been formed by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and had targeted him and a number of NDC functionaries regarded as "bad boys".

The publication further indicated that big trucks or fast moving cars would be used on highways to block their victims' path before finishing them off.

The MP was of the view that the supposed attack on him was politically motivated. "I didn't know the government was trying to kill me until there was a publication to the effect that a hit squad has been formed and a long list of NDC members has been compiled to be targeted".

He said since the government had not denied the publication and the editor of the newspaper had not been called upon to provide proof of the allegation or withdraw it, "I would still walk on the surface of this earth with my belief that I am a target and might be eliminated".

"The newspaper said it had stumbled on documents from the bowels of the government, so I thought that if this is not true, a statement or a rebuttal from the government would have sorted this thing out to reassure us that nothing of that nature is happening."

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