Amina did not meet bail condition

Posted: November 3, 2010 in Crime
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The Minister for Interior, Martin Amidu yesterday told Parliament that the lady at the centre of the controversial highway robbery and rape saga, Amina Mohamed, could not meet bail conditions given to her by the police, hence the inability of the police to release her.

Martin Amidu, Ghana's Minister for the Interior

The Interior Minister passed this remark in an answer to a follow-up question posed by the MP for Akim Abuakwa North, Prof. Emeritus Samuel K. Amoako, on why the Police still has Amina Mohamed in their custody. “Madam Speaker, the Minister said in his answer that there is a directive to Police Commanders not to detain suspects involved in offences that are easily bailable, or suspects involved in minor offences. My question then is? -why is Amina Mohamed still in police custody”, queried Prof. Amoako. Reports reaching The Chronicle indicates that Amina Mohamed was yesterday taken to court for fabricating a false story which has caused fear and panic among the populace. Decongestion of Ashaiman police cells Earlier, the MP for Ashaiman, Alfred Kwame Agbesi asked Martin Amidu what immediate and practical measures his Ministry has put in place to avoid tragedies in the over-crowed Ashaiman District Police cell, which was constructed to accommodate not more than twelve inmates at a time. As part of measures to address the recent Ashaiman District Police cell disaster, the Interior Minister said directives have been issued to Police Commanders not to detain suspects involved in offences that are easily bailable, or suspects involved in minor offences. Martin Amidu said since the Ashaiman incident, the police has decongested the cells and increased its ventilation. He added that the police administration also contracted a construction firm to expand the size of the cell, by constructing a new adjoining structure, to be joined to the existing cell to give more space and create hygienic conditions for the inmates. The Minister noted that in order not to repeat this unfortunate incident, a medical team from the police hospital had since been paying periodic visits to the cell and other cells, to check on the health conditions of the inmates. Also, inspection teams have been formed to pay regular visits to police cells to ensure that they are not over crowded. The Minister also answered a question on accommodation for police personnel in the Offinso south municipality saying that the Offinso south police would benefit from the suppliers credit financing between the government and STX engineering and construction, which has been approved by parliament. According to him, government approved and provided funds for the completion of 38 outstanding office and residential accommodation projects for the Ghana police service in the 2010 budget. That notwithstanding, the Interior Minister said the construction of police stations for Asuosu and Afrancho communities in the Offinso North District Assembly would only be possible when funds are available. Head of Security & Intelligence Agency In another development, the Minister for Interior, Martin Amidu has been given added responsibility as head of the country’s Security and Intelligence Agency by President Mills, under the Security and Intelligence Agency Act, 1996. His appointment was contained in a communiqué delivered on the floor of Parliament by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Justice Joyce Adelaide Bamford-Addo.


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