The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has expressed anger over what he says are attempts to cow them following the invasion of the residence of Collins Dauda Tuesday dawn by armed police officers.
Dauda is a former Local Government Minister under the erstwhile Mahama administration and the Member of Parliament for Asutifi North in the Brong Ahafo region.
Speaking in the wake of the raid Iddrisu warned that the Minority’s respect and submission to the laws of the country must not be taken for granted and that they are capable of responding in the same measure.
“We respect the law and we obey the law. We demand civility and courtesies in this matters. We expect that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Minister for Interior must do that which is legally and constitutionally appropriate. We have never ever said anywhere that members of Parliament are above the law or are above criminal investigations,” he said.
“But,” he added, “to besiege the home of an MP, with that thuggery of men in uniform is intimidating and unacceptable for us.”
“…We are not cowards. Let them be reminded. And we will not be cowed by some of these intimidations and harassments. It must stop. We are very very cable of responding to those threats of intimidations and harassments,” he stated.
According to the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak the armed police personnel were at Dauda’s home in the constituency claiming they had orders from above to arrest him, but the family of the MP told them he had already set off to parliament.
The armed men are reportedly maintaining a presence at the residence of the MP and The Brong Ahafo regional police command has since asked Dauda to report at the office of the IGP in Accra when he arrives.