The International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL), Ghana, has been accused by a businessman, Charles Oppong Kyekyeku, of being used by some individuals to settle personal scores against him.
Mr Kyekyeku, in a petition addressed to the Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery, dated May 20, 2021 asserted that he is a victim of the alleged vindictiveness.
According to him, he was deported from Dubai on the claim that INTERPOL Ghana has given an indication that he was on its Stop List, only for him to come back to discover that such list does not exist.
He was emphatic that INTERPOL Ghana vehemently denied claim of incident after enquiry.
Mr Kyekyeku said his experience with INTERPOL Ghana is suspected to have been orchestrated by one Edem Affram, who happens to be his onetime business partner.
He averred that, the said Edem, after their fallout, had attempted through all means to extort money from him and the latest is the use of INTERPOL Ghana to frustrate him.
Mr Kyekyeku based his claim on the fact that Edem “has openly boasted and made claims of having connections to both the Presidency (Jubilee House) and a network or connection to all sorts of persons within and without the security services, including EOCO, who are at his beck and call, which he is able to use to achieve whatever he sets himself to do, including settling personal scores.”
The businessman, through his counsel, Kweku Y. Paintsil, Esq., is urging the Interior Ministry to conduct full scale investigation into the circumstances leading to his name being placed on the Stop List at Dubai Airport.
The Chronicle has also gathered that Mr Affram has allegedly caused the arrest of the person charged to deliver a copy of the petition to him.
In a follow-up to this development and the content of the petition, this reporter called Mr Affram at about 3:41pm local time yesterday, but after exchanging greetings and the reporter introducing herself as calling from The Chronicle, he said he was at the police station and promised to call back.
Mr Afffram did not, however, return the call as promised, as at the time of going to bed last night.
The following is the full petition to the minister;
The Honourable Minister of Interior,
Ministry of Interior,
Attention: Hon. Ambrose Dery.
By Hand Delivery
Request to investigate use and abuse of Interpol Ghana by Edem Affram to settle private vendetta against Charles Oppong Kyekyeku.
i. We act for and on behalf of our client, Mr. Charles Oppong Kyekyeku, a business man.
ii. We have our client’s instructions that he recently travelled to Dubai and upon reaching Dubai International Airport on 25th April, 2021 he was confronted with a claim by the Immigration that his name was on a Stop List, based on information received from Interpol Ghana, for being allegedly a wanted man in Ghana.
iii. Our client’s valiant claims that he was not a wanted man, but that he freely left Ghana without any knowledge of such a claim, was of no avail.
iv. He was consequently deported to Ghana, with the Dubai Immigration being of the honest belief that they were truly deporting a wanted man straight into the arms of the Ghana Police Service/Interpol Ghana.
v. However, our client arrived in Ghana on 26th April, 2021 without any incident whatsoever and has subsequently made enquiries at Interpol Ghana to ascertain the veracity of the claims. However, Interpol Ghana has denied giving any such information to the Dubai authorities.
vi. As evidence that he is not a wanted man in Ghana, our client has moved about and around freely in Ghana without any let or hindrance to date.
vii. However, given the evasive responses by Interpol Ghana to his enquires, our client is not sure of what will happen if he travels again, nor does he wish to risk another travel without the said matter being properly investigated and clarified.
viii. Having regard to all the circumstances, our client considers his treatment by Interpol Ghana as an unnecessary invasion of his fundamental rights guaranteed by the 1992 Constitution, in particular, his right to freedom of movement, pursuant to Article 21 (g) of the 1992 Constitution.
ix. In the matters that have transpired our client has reason to believe that this gargantuan abuse of his right was done or could only have been done by the active machinations of a gentleman by name Edem Affram, a former business partner of his, who has recently resorted to all manner of unfounded claims and ruses aimed at extorting money from our client.
x. We are advised that the said Edem Affram has openly boasted and made claims of having connections to both the Presidency (Jubilee House) and a network or connection to all sorts of persons within and without the security services, including EOCO who are at his beck and call, which he is able to use to achieve whatever he sets himself to do, including settling personal scores.
xi. Our client considers the resort to Interpol Ghana by the said Edem Affram to carry out his whims and caprices, as well as the officers of Interpol Ghana who readily lent themselves to such base use by Edem Affram as a serious matter which must not be swept under the carpet.
xii. By this letter, our client requests a full scale investigation into all the circumstances by or under which his name was placed on the Stop List at Dubai Airport and deported.
xiii. Our client has suffered loss and damage as a result of this unjustified conduct by Interpol Ghana at the behest of Edem Affram and would advise himself in due course of time.
xiv. In the meanwhile, and pending a response and investigation into this matter, our client reserves to himself his full rights including, but not limited to, invoking the jurisdiction of the ECOWAS Court of Justice and also petitioning Interpol Headquarters to step into this matter.
Kweku Y. Paintsil (Esq.)
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