The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Abdul-Mumin Issah, has been suspended, following his alleged assault on a police officer.
The government, through the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, issued the directive.
“On the instructions of the President, the Metropolitan Chief Executive for Sekondi-Takoradi Assembly, Abdul Mumin Issah has been suspended from office with immediate effect pending an inquiry into his encounter with the police on February 3, 2022,” the statement said.
The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah has been asked to assume responsibilities over the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, in the meantime.
Mr Issah is said to have committed a motor traffic offence and verbally assaulted the officer who was conducting a lawful duty.
The MCE has since been charged on three counts — assault of a public officer and offensive conduct conducive to breaches of peace and disturbing the peace in a public place contrary to Sections 205, 207 and 298, respectively, of the Criminal and Other Offences Act of 1960, Act 29.
Additionally, he faces a charge of dangerous driving contrary to Section 1 of Act 683 of 2004 as amended by Act 761 of 2008.
He pleaded not guilty to the said charges and was granted GHC100K bail with three sureties when he appeared before the Sekondi-Takoradi Circuit Court on Friday.
The MCE, who was driving a Toyota Land-cruiser with registration number GE 5615-20, is alleged to have driven dangerously and carelessly while approaching a police snap checkpoint at the Kwasimintsim Cemetery on Wednesday, 2 February 2022.
When one of the police officers on duty attempted to stop him, he was heard raining insults on the said officer, who is an inspector.
He vowed to have the said officer transferred to another region.