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ACP Agordzo not feeling well: Lawyer speaks of BNI ordeal

ACP Dr. Benjamin Agordzo
ACP Dr. Benjamin Agordzo

ACP Dr. Benjamin Agordzo who has been detained by the Bureau of National Investigations for alleged treason is “not feeling well” in custody, his lawyer has said.

ACP Agordzo who is the Director of Transformational Programme Office at the Ghana Police Service has been in the BNI custody since Monday.

The senior police officer was charged with abetment to commit treason on Monday. At least 7 persons including a medical doctor and serving military personnel are facing trial for plotting to overthrow the Akufo-Addo-led government.

Counsel for ACP Agordzo, Martin Kpebu said his client has denied the charges.

NOT EATEN

Mr. Kpebu told TV3’s News360 on Tuesday, after he made strenuous attempt to see his client that “he has not eaten”, explaining why ACP Dr. Benjamin Agordzo is not feeling well.

He did not explain further if his client is on hunger strike or has not been fed since being detained in BNI cells.

For well over seven hours, family members of the police officer were denied access to him on Tuesday, the counsel said, adding that he himself was granted access after “a very long battle”.

“It didn’t come on a platter; they have the effrontery to deny the family access,” he recounted.

Mr. Kpebu who felt the family was unfairly treated is calling on President Akufo-Addo to “take disciplinary action” against the BNI director.

He argued that even though the BNI boss derives his powers from the constitution, he is “trying to breach the constitution” by denying access to the detainee.

Giving insight into comments that have landed ACP Agordzo in BNI cells, the counsel said his client only added his voice to a mundane mantra that if the unemployment issue in Ghana was not checked it will give rise to the Arab Spring situation in the country.

He therefore wondered, “why holding this against him?”

The counsel however conceded that nobody can fight the state’s power to effect arrest but “what the BNI is getting it wrong is the detention”.

PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITY

ACP Agordzo is alleged to have funded the activities of the coup plotters with 2000 Ghana cedis.

Martin Kpebu admitted that his client indeed parted with the amount, he said it was for a “philanthropic activity at Agbobloshie” in Accra.

By Isaac Essel | 3news.com | Ghana

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