Wednesday, 08 July

Coup plot: We’ll fight to the end – Agordzo’s family

ACP Dr Benjamin Agordzo

The family of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dr Benjamin Agordzo, who has been charged with abetment of treason over his alleged involvement in a planned coup plot to destabilise the country, has said they will not relent in their fight for their kinsman’s freedom.

Shortly after ACP Agordzo was arraigned at a Kaneshie District Court on Wednesday, 6 November 2019, a senior brother of the deceased told the media: “The state should stay clear; the state should be very careful in this matter. We cannot be intimidated; we are ready, we shall fight to the last hour”.

According to the family, “The battle isn’t ours; it is God’s battle”.

They are wondering why ACP Agordzo, a senior police officer, should be treated “like this”, wondering: “Is that the best way to go?”

“You want to cow him, you want to shut him down so that he can’t speak; we say ‘no to that’”.

Meanwhile, ACP Agordzo told Class91.3FM’s court correspondent Mercy Obeng-Akrofi in an interview outside the court that: “I’m as strong as anything; I’m not going to be bogged down. Nobody can gag me. I have not committed any crime; I have done nothing wrong. The president called on us to be citizens, so, when I expressed my opinion on a WhatsApp platform, [it was] unrelated to any alleged coup. Nobody should bog me down and I will stand for this till the end, they cannot break me down at all and I am as strong as anything,” he said.

The lead counsel for the suspect, Mr Martin Kpebu, is challenging the jurisdiction of the Kaneshie District Court in hearing the case.

The prosecutor prayed the court to remand the suspect into the custody of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) but the lead counsel challenged that saying the court, presided over by Eleanor Botchwey, lacked jurisdiction over the matter.

The court will continue hearing the case on Friday, 8 November 2019, during which a pronouncement will be made on the case and the charges against the suspect read.

Meanwhile, the suspect will remain in BNI custody.

Dr Agordzo is a serving police officer and a former Director of the Transformation Office of the Ghana Police Service.