June 13, 2024

The call for the release of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate (PC) for the Awutu Senya East Constituency, Phillis Naa Koryoo Okunor has been intensified.

Madam Okunor’s detention forced thousands of NDC members to besiege  the Cantonments Police Station to demand her release.

The flagbearer of the NDC and former president, John Dramani Mahama has added his voice to the call and warned the Ghana Police Service and the National Security not to be used to intimidate innocent Ghanaians and the NDC members ahead of the 2024 general elections.

Reacting to this development, the Director of Communications of the party, Sammy Gyamfi in a statement described the detention of the NDC PC as illegal.

Below is the full statement.


1. Comrades, it is very clear that the NPP-controlled Police service has no reasonable or justifiable cause to be detaining the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for the Awutu Senya East Constituency.

2. The claim of a discrepancy in her first name is totally false.

3. Attached is a picture of the PC’s Ghana Card which bears the name “Phillis Naa Koryoo Okunor”.

4. Also attached is a soft copy of her campaign poster, which bears the same name “Phillis Naa Koryoo Okunor”.

5. Also, attached are pictures of the license, permit and other documents covering the gun that was found in her car, which all bear the name “Phillis Naa Koryoo Okunor” (save that on the license the last letter “o” of her middle name “Koryoo” was omitted by the police officer who filled it”.)

6. What then is Naa Koryoo’s crime? Is it now a crime to procure and register/license a gun in your name for personal protection? A gun she has not fired at anybody?

7. What did the NPP-controlled police do in the case of Hawa Koomson, who actually fired a gun at a voter registration center? 8. This same Hawa Koomson has threatened Naa Koryoo at gun point on four (4) different occasions, according to her lawyers. This is why she was compelled to buy and register a gun in her name for her protection.

8. What a load of nonsense from the Dampare-led Police. Is this the transformation of the Ghana Police Service that IGP Dampare promised Ghanaians – that a Parliamentary Candidate of the NDC will be detained overnight by the Police for a reason as flimsy and trivial as this?

9. The leadership of the NPP-controlled Police must bow down their heads in shame for allowing themselves to be used by the despotic Akufo-Addo/Bawumia/NPP government against innocent civilians.

10. We in the NDC will not be intimidated or cowered by this disgraceful and oppressive conduct of the Police. The demand for the release of Phillis Naa Koryoo Okunor continues today. #FreeKoryooNow #ResistOppressorsRule

Source: Elvisanokyenews.com