Former Kumasi Mayor Kofi Jumah in court over unlawful damage

Kofi JumahMaxwell Kofi Jumah, former Kumasi Mayor and one of the contestants in the NPP Parliamentary Primaries in the Asokwa Constituency, was on Monday granted a 10,000-Ghana-cedi bail with a surety by a Kumasi circuit court, for causing unlawful damage to the property of the Electoral Commission (EC).

His Campaign Manager, Richard Oscar, was also charged for obstructing lawful arrest, and was also given the same bail condition by the

court.

They pleaded not guilty, and will re-appear before the court presided over by Mrs Afua Adu- Amankwaah on June 29.

The Court also ordered the accused persons to report to the police every Friday, till the next adjourned date.

Police Superintendent Emmanuel Akunnor, prosecuting, told the court that the complainants are police officers from the Asokwa Divisional

Police headquarters who were providing security at the Constituency’s parliamentary primaries at the Asokwa Community Centre, on Saturday June

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Superintendent Akunnor said at about 10.15 hours, while voting was going on, Jumah, who was a contestant in the elections, went to

one of the electoral officers, got hold of the electoral photo booklet and tore it.

In the process of arresting him by police officers, Oscar jumped in and obstructed the police from arresting Jumah.

They were, however, overpowered by the police and sent to the Asokwa Police Station for interrogation.

In his caution statement, Jumah admitted holding the album but denied tearing it.

Mr Kwame Osei Prempeh, counsel for the accused persons, in applying for bail, said the accused persons were men of substance and

since the offences were bailable, the court should grant them bail.

The prosecution did not oppose the bail application, and the court consequently granted them bail.GNA

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