NPP’s Ernest Frimpong Released After Police Interrogation Over Viral Video Urging Attacks on Security Forces

by Louisa Afful
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In a dramatic turn of events, Ernest Frimpong, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for Amenfi East Constituency, has been released by the Tarkwa Police Command after being questioned over a viral video. The video allegedly shows Frimpong inciting illegal miners to attack military and security officers attempting to stop their activities.

Frimpong’s release on Wednesday evening follows intense scrutiny after his controversial statements were made public. In the video, he is heard urging illegal miners to retaliate against any security personnel interfering with their operations, promising them protection from himself, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), and the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, who was present at the gathering.

Frimpong, however, has vehemently denied these allegations, asserting that his comments were misinterpreted. He claims that his remarks, taken from a lengthy two-hour discussion with artisanal small-scale miners, were meant to be constructive and not an endorsement of illegal activities or violence against military personnel.

The Municipal Chief Executive of Amenfi East, Frederick Korankye, has called the statements attributed to Frimpong “unfortunate,” reflecting the gravity of the situation. In response to the video, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) have issued a stern warning to the public against attacking soldiers, emphasizing the serious consequences of such actions.

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