The embattled Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Benjamin Agordzo, who is facing trial over alleged involvement in a plot to destabilise the country, appears to have been rendered sober following his detention for three months.
He was granted a GH¢500,000 self-recognizance bail by an Accra high court on Thursday, and now says life has taught him enough lessons that the last thing he will ever think of doing is to destablise his country.
Respect for democracy
In a statement posted on social media, he stated that having spent about six years of his life in peace keeping missions in Sudan, Somalia and Haiti and witnessed how conflicts have ravaged those counties, he will be the last person to do anything to derail the strides the country has made in democratic development.
“Be assured that I love my country so dearly I can never ever do anything to disturb the relative peace we enjoy in Ghana,” he said, adding “this is what I stand for and I’ll never exchange this for anything else.”
ACP Agordzor has been charged with abetment to commit crime, namely treason felony, contrary to section 20(1) and 182 (b) of the Criminal and Other Offences Act 1960 (Act 29).
He was alleged to have abetted a group of people, led by Dr Frederic Mac Palm, proprietor of Citadel Hospital at Alajo, Accra, who were planning to allegedly destablise the government.
ACP Agordzor was alleged to have incited members of the non-governmental organisation — Take Action Ghana (TAG) — to demonstrate against the government and subsequently destabilise the country. He was also alleged to have assisted the group with money to facilitate the execution of the intended actions, in addition to drafting a speech that was to be delivered on the day of the actions.
They can’t break me
Following his first appearance in court, he hosted a group of media persons, and exhibited his bravado by calling the bluff of the security operatives who arrested him and the court.
Shouting on top of his voice, amidst claps from his admirers, ACP Agordzor stated: “They cannot break me down. I am as strong as anything.”
Subsequently, the Kaneshie district court, presided over by Eleana Kakra Barnes Botwe, cautioned him not to grant interviews to the media, expressing displeasure over his conduct in the public space.
It now looks like the three-month stay behind bars has made the fire blazing police officer sober.
In his latest public statement, ACP Agordzor thanked a tall list of people, and stated that he believes in democratic values such as rule of law, human rights and constitutional rule, saying “these are the things that drive the passion in me.”
“It’s been a whole world of experience and I like to thank God for bringing me this far; my counsel and his team for standing by me with their knowledge and skills in law practice; and those of you who believed in me and supported me in various ways. My special thanks go to my wife, family and the chiefs and people of Vakpo for their massive support. I appreciate you all.
“I was particularly strengthened by the fact that even thousands who had never set eyes on me believed that I couldn’t have done what I was being accused of. These sentiments were expressed in various social media platforms,” he said.