Mr. Herbert Mensah, a close ally of Former President Rawlings was released on the evening of Monday May 16, by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), after several hours of grilling.
Citi News sources say he has only been released momentarily and that the BNI will recall him for further interrogations.
He was quizzed by BNI operatives over his claim that President Mills intends to use a whopping Gh¢90 million for his party’s presidential primaries.
Mr. Mensah claims to have listened to security tapes from the Castle in which plans were laid to spend Gh¢90m on the President’s flagbearer re-election bid.
He was initially asked to report to the BNI’s Headquarters at Ridge, but when he arrived in the country from Somalia where he had escorted Mr. Rawlings on his mission, he was swiftly whisked away to another BNI facility, the regional office close to the 37 Military Hospital, for interrogation.
This comes at a time when it has emerged from the so-called security tape, that the amount involved is Gh¢9 million and not Gh¢90 million.
Sympathisers of the fiormer Kotoko CEO, particualry the Friends of Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings group, FONKAR, has accused Governemtn of using the BNI to intimidate their perceieved political opponents.
They questioned why Mr. Herbert was kept at the BNI offices from 9:00am on Monday until 5pm before being questioned.
But a Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has debunked those assertions saying Government owes it a duty to Ghanaians to explain to them under which circumstances such a whopping amount of the tax payer’s money is to be used for the President’s personal gain.