Jon Benjamin almost campaigned against Mahama but did not get this kind of reply – NDC MP

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The Former British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin made serious pronouncements against the Mahama administration but the then administration did not go the extent to which the current Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare has gone to react to him, Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini, has said.

In his view, the former UK Envoy to Ghana virtually campaigned for the removal of the Mahama administration when he was invited to speak at events organized by some Civil Society organizations in the country.

“I don’t know where our nationalism were when Jon Benjiamin was simply campaign campaign for the removal of a regime,” he said.

Suhuyini believes that Akufo-Addo Dampare got it wrong in his letter to the British High Commissioner, Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini has said.

He believes the IGP could have sent his concerns to the High Commission through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

Speaking on the New Day show on TV3, Wednesday June 1, he said “On this matter, he has lost focus. I don’t want to generalize it, on this matter I think he has lost focus. I think he went overbroad and I think he must eat the humble pie.

“The High Commissioner even if she had to be reprimanded had to be done through the foreign Affairs ministry. I believe in this case she doesn’t even deserve any reprimand because all she was seeking was information and that information could have been given her without turning this into a battle.”

The Police Administration on Tuesday May 31 issued a strongly-worded response to what they described as uninformed, biased comment made by the British High Commissioner to Ghana on the arrest of Convener of FixTheCounctry Movement, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, on 17th May, 2022.

In a tweet on Tuesday May 17, Harriet Thompson said regarding the arrest that, “Oliver Barker Vormawor, convener of #FixTheCountry movement, arrested again, I understand for a motoring offence on his way to court. I’ll be interested to see where this goes…”.

But in a statement issued by the IGP, the Police said “we consider you tweet violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 which enjoins diplomatic missions not to interfere in the internal affairs of their host countries.

“Your Excellency, the fact that you use the ‘arrested again’ we believe must mean you were making reference to previous occasions Mr Barker Vormwaor was arrested for threatening the security of the state and recently for motor traffic offences.”

He was arrested Tuesday May 17 by officers of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service.

He announced the charge himself on his personal Facebook page.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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