Sammy Awuku Caught On Leaked Tape?

sammyA deputy Director of Communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammy Awuku, may soon find himself at the wrong side of the law again, following a leaked secret audio tape that allegedly had his voice.

But the NPP strongman has vehemently denied the voice is his. The tape has already been played on numerous social networks and some local radio stations in the country.

On the tape, a voice purportedly to be that of Mr. Awuku, was heard telling some party members in the United Kingdom that the recent verbal attacks on the Supreme Court Justices hearing the election petition case, were targeted at a particular Justice.

Some NPP members, namely Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, General Secretary of the Party, Hopeson Adorye, a member of the Party’s Communication Team and Sammy Awuku (himself) have appeared before the nine-member panel of the Supreme Court Justices hearing the case for making contemptuous statements.

Mr. Awuku was cautioned and banned from attending the petition hearings whilst Mr. Afriyie, also known as ‘Sir John’ and Mr. Adorye were convicted of intentional criminal contempt and fined GH¢5,000 and GH¢2,000 respectively.

The two convicts were also to sign a bond to be of good behaviour for six-months each or serve six months in prison.
The leaked tape also had the speaker telling his audience that majority of the Justices hearing the case were biased towards the NPP, among other serious allegations.

However in a sharp riposte, Mr. Awuku has denied ever making those statements, claiming it was a ‘total fabrication’.
In a press statement issued yesterday and signed by him, the NPP Deputy Communications Director said “I state very emphatically that the said tape and whatever by-products arising are totally fabricated and doctored and that I have never made the kinds of statements contained in the tape anywhere”.

According to Mr. Awuku, he knew absolutely nothing about it and entreated the general public and the media to treat the supposed tape with the contempt it deserved.

He cautioned ‘should any media house disregard this call and seek to join this adventure meant to tarnish my imagine this disingenuous way, I would have no choice than to head to the law courts.

But the issue took a new twist later yesterday when the government announced it has launched an investigation into the matter.

A Deputy Minister of Information and Media Relations, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, told the media that “it is the responsibility of government to protect all the justices and will not renege on it.”
“Government has the responsibility to ensure the safety and the security of all its citizens if there are indications that any plan is underway to undermine or prejudice the security of any of our esteemed judges it should be a matter of concern to government’, he said.

“The Information Ministry will procure a copy of the tape listen to it and if it is something that poses a threat to any of our judges we would hand it over to the appropriate agencies”, he affirmed. - Ian Motey     

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