An Accra Circuit Court docket has remanded into police custody a 40-year-old tile setter for insulting President Nana Akuffo-Addo.
Raphael Okoe Ankrah, also called Okoe Killer was arrested after police noticed a video posted to social displaying the accused utilizing very unsavoury phrases on the President.
He has since pleaded not responsible to offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace.
The Court docket presided over by Mr Samuel Shiny Acquah, ordered that Ankrah be introduced again on Might 30, 2023.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Maxwell Oppong instructed the Court docket that Ankrah lived in Jamestown.
He stated on Might 15, 2023, the Police noticed a viral video by which the Ankrah was seen insulting the President.
ASP Oppong stated the police needed to arrest Ankrah as a result of the video was not solely vile however had aggravated and agitated the general public.
The Police’s Intelligence Directorate tracked Ankrah and arrested him at his hideout at James City in Accra.
The prosecution stated Ankrah admitted the offence in his investigation cautioned assertion and was accordingly charged.
Mr Yaw Dankwa, Ankrah’s Protection Counsel who prayed for bail for the accused, stated the cost didn’t assist the details, which he stated was political, as a result of his consumer denied the offence upon his arrest.
He advised that the stated video may have been manipulated and till it was offered and scrutinized in court docket, his consumer was harmless of the fees.
Mr Dankwa stated Ankrah, a “accountable father” with a spouse who had a two-week child, was not a flight danger.
He stated Ankrah had “individuals of substance” prepared to face surety for him.
The prosecution, opposing the bail, pleaded with the Court docket to ship the accused to the psychiatric hospital as he instructed police he was not in his proper way of thinking.
ASP Oppong stated that based mostly on Ankrah’s utterances within the video, he could be safer in police custody as a result of his life was in peril in his group.
On him not being a flight danger, the prosecution stated Ankrah was a squatter dwelling in an uncompleted constructing with no fastened place of dwelling, however his lawyer stated there have been no uncompleted buildings in James City.
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