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09.08.2005 General News

Alleged Bomber Is Not My Son - deputy IGP


Deputy Inspector General of Police, Dr K.K. Manfo has in an exclusive interview explained the circumstances which may have led to the detention of a certain Kweku Asiedu Manfo in connection with the July 21, 2005, bombing in London. Dr K.K. Manfo confirmed that he has a son in London who bears the name Kweku Asiedu Manfo, but said the pictures that have been released by the Metropolitan Police in London indicates that the suspect who appeared before Bow Street Magistrates sitting at Belmarsh Magistrates Court, in Belmarsh High Security Prison, South East London, was not his son.

Dr Manfo said his son, Kweku Asiedu Manfo, has been mentally-ill for sometime now in London and has not been seen by his elder brother, with whom he lives for several weeks now after he ostensibly left home. The Police guru in an interview stated that he had paid several visits to London in search of his son in order to bring him home for treatment, but they have all proven futile.

Asked how his son's name could have been implicated in the high profile case, Dr Manfo said he suspects it's a case of mistaken identity, or that even if the person involved was his son, he was not mentally fit and thus may not have known what was going on.

Dr Manfo said there had been reports in the past that Kweku Asiedu Manfo had been spotted at some bus stops and train stations with sacks on him and wandering aimlessly. Even though he said the pictures on British Television of the said Kweku Asiedu Manfo was not his son, he would be most surprised if it was otherwise, considering the fact that he was a Christian and has not been known to have any links with Islamic religious extremists.

Meanwhile, Ghana's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Isaac Osei in an interview, noted that Kweku Asiedu Manfo is indeed a Ghanaian and added that they will offer him consular support if they have assess, as they would do to any Ghanaian living in the United Kingdom.