Suspended Sekondi-Takoradi Mayor, Abdul Munim Issah

Further review of the audio recording of the altercation between the Municipal Chief Executive Officer of Secondi-Takoradi, Abdul Mumin Issah and the Police officer in the Western Region capital, has revealed that besides asserting that “I will send you to Enchi,“ the former gave an indication of his mood.

“You, You are lucky I’m not in my… It’s ok…You are stupid.” This followed the refusal of the Police officer to speak with a supposed Chief Inspector Dorcas, who was called by Mr. Issah to intervene in the scuffle via phone.

Instead, the cop responded that, “I am a professional Police officer, I will not insult you, but I will teach you a lesson, I’m saying I have called the patrol team. Your action, your behavior, your attitude has been reported. Wait, the patrol team is coming to take you to Head Quarters for further action and you will be detained for this. Attempting to knock a Police officer down?”

The MCE then repeated, “you are stupid. You don’t know who you are dealing with. You will come begging tomorrow.”

Then the cop answered, “you are insulting a whole Police officer as stupid, someone who has been mandated by the Constitution to protect you?” To this, Mr. Issah retorted, “you? A whole Police officer? ‘Apuu’!!!

‘Apuu’ in Ghanaian parlance is an exclamation that denotes disapproval.

At a point in the fracas, the Police officer told someone who introduced himself as Assembly Member, therefore intervened and requested the former to allow the MCE to go, that he would not, “I’m going to charge him for dangerous and careless driving. Insulting a Police officer in uniform that he is stupid, if I was angry and insulted him back, what would have happened?”

Mr. Issah upon hearing this remark, quizzed, “you would have insulted me? I would have beaten you to death.”

It was at this point that the MCE was heard ordering someone to “go and take the gun.”

Earlier, the MCE pulled out his phone to snap the officer.

“You can snap me, I am a nice and handsome Police officer. You can take the pictures and video”, the cop said. In response, Mr. Issah stated, “you are ugly.”

Subsequent to this incident, the MCE was arrested.

He was consequently charged with assault on a public officer, offensive conduct and disturbing the peace of a public place, careless and inconsiderate driving and causing danger to road users.

When he appeared in court on Friday, Abdul Mumin Issah pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At the end of proceedings, he was granted a GH¢100,000 self-recognisance bail with three sureties. The case was adjourned to March 17, 2022.

Meanwhile, government has suspended him, pending the outcome of the suit.

In a press statement issued on Friday, the Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Mr. Dan Botwe stated that: “On the instructions of the President, the Metropolitan Chief Executive for Sekondi-Takoradi Assembly, Mr. Abdul Mumin Issah has been suspended from office with immediate effect pending an inquiry into his encounter with the Police on February 3, 2022.”

In a latest development, Mr. Abdul Mumin Issah, has declared his willingness to comply with sanctions that will be pronounced against him, following his alleged misconduct against a Police officer on Thursday.

In a press statement dated February 4, he said, “I wish to assure the general public, especially the good people of Sekondi-Takoradi of my highest cooperation with the Police administration for successful prosecution and determination of the case.”

Mr Issah further expressed profound gratitude to the President, the Minister for Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Dan Botwe, his colleague MMDCEs, his family, and all who stood by him since the incident happened “for their various advice and support.”

“As I proceed on my suspension, I first wish to express my gratitude to H.E. the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his fatherly love and the opportunity to serve in his government. I am not oblivious of the fact that it is not over until it is all over,” he said.

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