UPDATES: Why Sammy Gyamfi was arrested

The National Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has been arrested by the Police.

His arrest is in connection with his alleged involvement in forgery and attempts to spread false i information to cause fear and panic.

He was picked up at the premises of UTV at Abeka Junction in Accra on Monday.

Lawyer for Sammy Gyamfi, Edudzi Tamakloe expressed his dissatisfaction with the arrest, saying it suppresses his client’s rights.

“As you are aware, based on the instruction of Sammy Gyamfi, we caused a human rights application to be filed. While an application is pending, an application for injunction was subsequently filed. I have personally followed up with a letter to the Police. I met the one in charge of cybercrime in his office. Delivered the letter to him. He indicated to me he will consult the legal department and respond to me appropriately on request that we made before the Police. From the time we sent the letter to the Police to date, the Ghana Police has never responded. That is the regrettable low that the Akufo Addo administration has taken the law to.

“They are yet to file a response to the human rights application and application for injunction…The Police itself is acting lawlessly…The Ghana Police is becoming pathetic. I am disappointed. When it comes to the rule of law, it is about all of us. When issues about respecting the rights of people come up…It is something that affects all.”

Mr. Gyamfi’s arrest comes weeks after he turned down an invitation by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after he sued to stop the police from examining his phone records and gaining access to his Facebook account.

Mr. Gyamfi filed the lawsuit at the Accra High Court, demanding an injunction on an earlier court warrant by the Kaneshi District Court for the seizure of his electronic gadgets.

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