-Group petitions IGP
.. Over Goat, Sheep and Cow bribery allegation
A group known as the Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANET) has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu, as a matter urgency, to cause the immediate arrest of the Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Daniel Bugri Naabu.
It also appealed that the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service invites Otiko Djaba, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, to substantiate her allegations made against Bugri Naabu.
Last Friday May 5, Madam Otiko Djaba accused Mr. Bugri Naabu of taking bribe from people interested in District and Municipal Chief Executive positions in his region.
This revelation came up after Bugri Naabu, together with some NPP women group, stormed a meeting called by Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba in Tamale to introduce a new Northern Regional coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme to caterers under the programme.
She is alleged to have accused the regional chairman of collecting goats, sheep and cows from interested persons.
But in a statement issued in Accra yesterday and signed by both the Executive Director, Nii Tettey Tetteh, and the Deputy Executive Director, Charles Kwadade, the group noted that in the interest of bringing clarity to good governance, political and economic issues in the country and also ensuring at all times that the resources of this country are judiciously used for the benefit of the people of Ghana, STRANEK, together with all Ghanaians, see these accusations against Bugri Naabu as not trivial.
According to the group, the accusations, if proved to be true, will amount to defrauding by false pretence, which is a serious offence.
The statement mentioned Sections 131, 132 and 133 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) to buttress their point.
“The National School Feeding Programme is one of the flagship programs under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and, as such, any person other than the Gender Ministry taking goats, cows, sheep and other items from innocent citizens of the country for purported appointments must not only be arrested but prosecuted and jailed,” it said.
STRANEK, in the statement, also expressed its determination to petition the office of the Attorney- General should the police fail to act within seven days and hoped that the arrest and interrogation of Bugri Naabu will not be marred by political interferences.
“We hope our clarion call to the police to look into such a criminal offence and arrest Bugri Naabu for interrogation will not be marred by political interference but justice will be done to put this matter to rest. Indeed, nobody is above the law. We will state unequivocally that we humbly expect the Ghana Police Service to act within 7 days failure of which we will have no choice but to petition the office of the Attorney – General,” it added.