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06.11.2005 General News

Apologise to Odododiodoo people - Akamba urged

By GNA
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Accra, Nov 6, GNA - Mr Jonathan Nii Tackie Komme, MP for Odododiodoo, has called on Mr Justice Akamba, Chairman of the Committee of Enquiry investigating the Law School Director, Mr Kwaku Ansa-Asare, to apologise and retract a remark attributed to him about the people in his constituency.

In a statement issued in Accra over the weekend, Mr Komme described the remark reported in an Accra newspaper as "unfortunate".

According to the newspaper report, Mr Justice Akamba at the beginning of proceedings of one of the sittings of the committee last week condemned the actions of Mr Gabby Otchere-Darko, Editor of the Statesman newspaper last Wednesday, when he charged on Mr Opoku, a witness appearing before the probe.

The report stated further that he advised Mr Otchere-Darko to put up a good behaviour, since he had chosen a noble profession and added; "This thing could have happened in Odododiodoo or Makola, but not at this honourable Committee".

Mr Komme in the statement stated, "I regard the said remarks as unfortunate especially when it is attributed to no mean a personality than Mr Justice Akamba. This obviously implies that people of Odododiodoo and Makola have no good manners and that Mr Gabby Otchere-Darko should not emulate them"

The MP stated that, "the people of Odododiodoo are law abiding, of good behaviour and that it has produced good statesmen" including Justice S Azu Crabbe, former Chief Justice, Justice J C Mills-Odoi, first Ghanaian Attorney-General and the first Judge Advocate-General of the Ghana Armed Forces and Justice D F Annan, former Speaker of Parliament.

Others are Dr H S Bannerman and Prof Kwashie Quartey, both renowned Medical Practitioners, Nii Okaija Adamafio, former Minister of Interior and Mr J Ayikoi Otoo, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. Mr Komme pointed out that the people who work at Makola are great business people "who have produced great people of repute".

"I hereby advise Mr Justice Akamba to retract that statement and sincerely apologise to the good people of Odododiodoo," the statement concluded.

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