The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for Awutu Senya East, Phillis Naa Koryoo Okunnor has been released from Police custody.

She was detained at the Cantoments Police Station in Accra on Friday, June 7, 2024 after a gun was found in her car last Sunday at Ofaakor near Kasoa in the Central Region.

The Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, John Mahama had urged the Inspector-General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare to immediately release the NDC Parliamentary candidate for Awutu Senya East, Phillis Naa Koryoo Okunor.

Mr Mahama commeting on the issue condemned the arrest arguing that there’s no justification for detaining her.

He urged the IGP to urgently reconsider his actions and release Naa Koryoo immediately for the sake of justice and the stability of our nation.

According to the former President, this action, taken on the instructions of the National Security Secretariat, will needlessly raise the political temperature in the country and spark avoidable tension.

“The Police Service and the IGP must not allow themselves to be used to hang the peace and stability of our nation months before crucial national elections.

“I call on the IGP, the Peace Council, the government, and the people of Ghana to recognise that justice is not just a moral imperative but a crucial prerequisite for maintaining peace and stability in a nation,” Mr Mahama said in a statement.

He added: “We cannot allow the police service to be used to stifle opposition and intimidate innocent Ghanaians and political opponents in the run-up to the 2024 elections.

“Clearly, the intention to detain her after she had already been granted bail is an attempt to intimidate the NDC Parliamentary candidate in her quest to unseat the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hawa Koomson, in the Awutu Senya East Constituency.”

Mr Mahama further stated that it is high time the police fulfilled their duty to serve and protect all citizens, irrespective of their political affiliations.