The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu has slammed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for blocking the public from witnessing Parliament ruling on the Ghana-US military base brouhaha.
The vociferous member of the former ruling party together with some other functionaries of the party, stormed Parliament demanding from the lawmakers to decline to approve the controversial Ghana-U.S. military relationship agreement.
He was accompanied by the party’s Chairman, Kofi Portuphy, Deputy Secretary of the party, Koku Anyidoho, First Vice National Chairperson, Anita Desoso and Dr. Omane Boamah.
The Minority NDC Caucus were wearing red bands and scarf, portraying how serious they were with their protest and also clad in red armbands and scarf in the chamber.
Reports from Parliament indicate that there are scores of protesters who sought to gain access to Parliament to demonstrate against the anticipated approval of the Defence co-operation agreement between Ghana and the United States, but have been prevented by the IGP from entering the House.
And during a phone interview with Kwame Afrifa Mensah on Happy FM’s Epa Hoa Daben, Asiedu Nketia lambasted the IGP and questioned the reasons behind the blockade.
“It is disrespectful for the IGP to order the police to sack and block the general public. I dont know why the NPP led government doesn’t want the general public to witness US military saga, which is ongoing in parliament,” Nketia told Happy FM.
“Assuming it’s a good course will the IGP command the police to block the general from witnessing the proceedings in respect to the issue at hand? If you allow the US military inn they can arrest our ministers and MP’s and we can’t question them.”
Nketia was asked his take on the $20 million the nation will benefit should the deal be struck,” he answered, “If you focus on collecting our taxes we can even more money than the 20 million they are offering. If they want to deceive us must we allow them, they are just manipulating us.”