The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Police Headquarters, in Accra, has commenced investigations into the alleged extortion claim against the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Member of Parliament for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo- Markin.
He was allegedly caught on tape, that has since gone viral, demanding an amount of GH¢250, 000 from the ADB to drop a case he filed before the law court against the bank, in which he is praying the court for an injunction against the bank’s proposed IPO (shares) sales.
Mr Afenyo- Markin reported himself to the police last Saturday, in the company of his lawyer and two other persons after an invitation was extended to him.
A deep throat source at the CID headquarters disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times yesterday.
“Mr. Afenyo-Markin is currently being investigated for an alleged extortion, contrary to section 151 of the Criminal Offences 1960 Act 30,” the source said.
It added that Mr. Afenyo-Markin’s statement was taken and he was subsequently granted police enquiry bail of GH¢500,000 with two sureties, whiles investigations continue.
Some pressure groups and civic society organisations, including Media Consult Group, have mounted pressure on the police to arrest the MP and prosecute him.
Three people, Dzifa Gunu, Stephen Kwabena Atuk and Fred Adomako then followed up with a petitioned to the CID which prompted the current investigation.
The source said the petition was also copied to the National Democratic Congress, Christian Council of Ghana, Speaker of Parliament, Inspector General of Police, Attorney General, General Legal Council, New Patriotic Party, Ghana Bar Association and Economic and Organised Crime Office.
The CID said when it received the petition, it obtained a warrant of arrest from the law court and attached it to a letter to the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Doe Adjaho for the release of Mr. Afenyo-Markins.
The source said the CID had the said tape in its possession that would help in its investigations.
By Anita Nyarko