The embattled Sekondi-Takoradi Assembly Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Abdul Mumin lssah, has been suspended from office with immediate effect over his alleged assault of a police officer.
The Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Daniel Botwe, in a statement issued on Friday said an inquiry into his conduct had also begun.
“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,” part of the statement read.
It addedt: “Without prejudice to the matter now before the court, Government takes a very dim view of the comments made by the metropolitan Chief Executive during his exchanges with the Police”.
The statement said the comments by the Chief Executive run contrary to the Government’s belief and work to ensure that the country’s security agencies and public agencies are resourced, empowered and accorded the respect to deliver on their mandates.
“In the interim, the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah has been assigned additional supervisory authority over the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly,” the statement directed.
The Western Regional Police Command last week Thursday arrested the MCE for an alleged motor traffic offence, verbal assault and offensive conduct against a police officer.
A statement issued and signed by the Head of Public Affairs Unit of Western Region Police, DSP Olivia E T Adiku, said the MCE had been charged on three counts, including assault on a public officer and offensive conduct.
She stated that he was also charged for disturbing the peace in the public place, contrary to section 205, 207 and 298 of the Criminal Code and other offences Act of 1960, Act 29.
According to the police, the MCE was also charged for dangerous driving, contrary to section one of Act 683 of FB 2004 as amended by Act 761 of 2008.
Mrs Adiku said that the MCE, who was driving in a Nissan Patrol with registration number GE 5615-20, allegedly drove dangerously and carelessly while approaching a police stop checkpoint at the Kwasimintim Cemetery on Wednesday February 2, 2022.
She added that when one of the police officers on duty attempted to stop him, he verbally assaulted and threatened him.
He was consequently charged and arraigned before the Takoradi Circuit Court A.
The court granted him a GH¢100,000 bail on one charge and a self-recognisance bail on the other. The case was adjourned to March 17, 2022.