Mornah to report every two weeks after bail – CID

PNC Chairman, Bernard Mornah

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has granted bail to Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC).

Mr Mornah, who is also the Convenor of the Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voter Register (IPRAN) is to report at the CID Headquarters every fortnight.

Mr Mornah was invited over ‘his ‘we will kill each other’ comment he made regarding the controversial plan by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new register.

“You were also heard in a video interview to have threatened “that people who are already Ghanaians and already registered are going to be taken out of the register. Don’t you think confusion will come at the registration and if confusion come there, [do]you think the EC staff will be safe, we will beat each other there, we will kill each other there, if that is what the EC wants to lead this nation to…,” the invitation letter dated May 28, 2020, and signed by Barima Tweneboa Sasraku II, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) for the Director-General of CID, said.

At his first appearance at the police station since his comments, Mr. Mornah was accompanied by scores of supporters and political allies.

Unconfirmed reports suggest, the police have charge him for offensive conduct. He was only cautioned and released to report regularly to the law enforcement agency.

After hours of questioning on Tuesday, June 2, Head of the Public Affairs at CID, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ms Juliana Obeng, told theghanareport.com that: “Investigations are ongoing; he has been cautioned, and he is to report once every two weeks”.

Mornah’s defence

However, Mr Mornah defended the statements after appearing before investigators.

Shortly after he exited the premises of the CID Headquarters, he told the media that he stood by his earlier remarks.

According to him, the voter register was needless, and potential chaos could break out during registration by the ending of June.

For him, “If anything happens to Ghana, the EC will not be saved”.  “We will stand for our right even if they beat or kill us,” he declared.

Mr Mornah and the IPRAN have kicked against the roadmap of the EC towards compiling the register, arguing the coronavirus outbreak in Ghana could put the lives of eligible voters in danger.

The PNC and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), who are all members of IPRAN, boycotted the recent Interparty Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting by the EC.

Mr Mornah was accompanied by scores of supporters who stormed the CID Headquarters on Tuesday.

The group defied the social distancing and face mask wearing protocols directed by the government in the fight against coronavirus.

They also defied the rains as they chanted songs and held placards to compel what they said was oppression by authorities.

Boakye-Gyan’s case

Before Mr Mornah’s case, the CID had also launched an investigation into comments made by former member of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), Major Boakye-Djan (Rtd).

He said in a radio interview that a civil war could break out if the EC refuses to heed to caution and continues with the new voter roll.

The retired soldier was granted a GHC 20,000 bail with one surety and is supposed to present himself to the police once every week while the investigation is ongoing.

Obiri Boahen invited for inciting violence

The vigilance of the police also resulted in an invitation of the Deputy General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen.

He was to justify comments that people who oppose the new voter register will be beaten to pulp.

“Stay home if you don’t agree to the compilation of the new register because anyone who tries to disrupt the exercise will be beaten. We will beat you mercilessly. What happened in Ayawaso is just a tip of the iceberg,” he said on Dadi FM, a Suhum-based radio station.

 

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