Court orders arrest of NPP Chairman for ‘stealing’ metals from broken Oda bridge

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The Akim Swedru Circuit Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Chairman for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Akim Oda Constituency in the Eastern Region.

Mr. Awudu Issaka is accused of involving himself in an act described as “stealing” by the Circuit Court adjudicating the case.

In October 2019, some leftovers of metals used in fixing the broken bridge on the Birim River on the Oda-Nkwanta road got stolen.

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During investigations, after the Ghana Highways Authority had made a report to the police, it was revealed that Chairman Awudu had told Police personnel at a barrier that the metals were being carted to fix another bridge in the Oda municipality.

When his two accomplices were interrogated, they confessed to have sold the metals as scraps.

This warranted his initial arrest and arraignment before the Akim Swedru Circuit Court.

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The prosecutor on the case submitted to the court that the Chairman had refused to attend court on nine different occasions when the stealing case involving him and the two others was called.

It is believed that he had used his political position as Chairman to evade court appearances.

As a result, the court, on April 20, 2022 issued the bench warrant to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for his arrest.

According to details provided in the bench warrant, the Circuit Court Judge indicated that the alleged act is “contrary to section 124 (1) of Act 1960 (Act 29) as amended by paragraph 4 of the…Criminal and Other Offences Act 1960 (Act 29).”

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