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September 27, 2017 | Politics

President Orders Police To Discontiue Appiah Stadium Case

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President Orders Police To Discontiue Appiah Stadium Case

Information Minister, Mustafa Hamid, has revealed President Nana Akufo-Addo will not take up claims against him that he smokes marijuana, a banned substance.

A serial caller affiliated to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Frank Kwaku Appiah, known popularly as Appiah Stadium, recently alleged that he has knowledge that the President smokes 'wee', causing his arrest by the police.

The Ashanti Region Police say they arrested him to substantiate an allegation and help with investigations.

Police have charged Mr Appiah with causing fear and panic, Myjoyonline.com has gathered.

Frank Appiah's arrest has been sternly criticised by a section of the public, particularly members of the NDC, who see the arrest as a re-enactment of the repealed criminal libel law.

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However, in a statement late Tuesday, the Information Minister revealed the President has conveyed his disinterest in the matter to the police.

He said Appiah Stadium was merely reciting discredited allegations "from an NDC propaganda book."

"H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo wishes to state that he is not interested in pursuing the matter in issue since same was ruled upon by the National Media Commission (NMC) on February 6, 2015.

"This followed series of publications in pro-NDC newspapers making similar claims. Lawyers for then Candidate Akufo-Addo took these newspapers namely, The Al-Hajj, Enquirer, Informer, Ghanaian Lens and the Daily Post to the NMC to afford them the opportunity to substantiate their claims.

"They failed to do so, following which the NMC asked them to retract and apologise," the statement explained.

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Read the full statement from Mustafa Hamid's Ministry below.

ARREST OF FRANK KWAKU APPIAH

The President's attention has been drawn to the arrest of one Mr. Frank Kwaku Appiah, popularly called Appiah Stadium, for spreading lies about him (the President).

H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo wishes to state that he is not interested in pursuing the matter in issue since same was ruled upon by the National Media Commission (NMC) on February 6, 2015. This followed series of publications in pro-NDC newspapers making similar claims. Lawyers for then Candidate Akufo-Addo took these newspapers namely, The Al-Hajj, Enquirer, Informer, Ghanaian Lens and the Daily Post to the NMC to afford them the opportunity to substantiate their claims. They failed to do so, following which the NMC asked them to retract and apologise.

The President is, therefore, convinced that right thinking Ghanaians recognise that Appiah Stadium is merely reciting from an NDC propaganda book, which has since been discredited.

The President has informed the Police administration that he is not interested in the matter and has asked them to be accordingly advised.

HON. MUSTAPHA ABDUL-HAMID

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