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Hopeson Adorye granted bail; accused of publishing false news


Hopeson Adorye, a vocal member of the Movement for Change, arrested after admitting to detonating dynamite in the Volta Region during the 2016 elections for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has been granted bail.

On Thursday, May 23, the Dansoman District Court granted Mr. Adorye bail, set at GH¢20,000, with two sureties, one of which must be justified.

The police accused him of publishing false news.

Nana Ohene Ntow, a key member of the Movement for Change, gave the update in an interview with JoyNews.

According to him, Mr. Adorye has been taken to the Ministries Police Station to complete the necessary formalities for his release.

“He was brought before the Dansoman District Court this morning (Thursday) and charged with publishing false news. He was granted bail and taken to the Ministries Police Station with our lawyers to secure his release,” Mr. Ntow said.

Meanwhile, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a former Member of Parliament for Adentan who broke away from the NPP and is now a member of the Movement for Change, has claimed that the arrest is politically motivated.

Following a visit by presidential hopeful and movement leader Alan Kyerematen, Buaben Asamoa said the allegations against Hopeson Adorye are false and unfair.

“Hopeson Adorye is not willing to flee Ghana or his home because the police intend to accuse him of publishing false information. So, going to the extreme of keeping him at the police station all day and taking him to the Ministries to arrest him, is to point out to oneself that there is something political at stake and that it is not fair,” he said.

Hopeson Adorye was arrested after speaking on Accra FM on May 10, where he confessed to being part of a plot that detonated dynamite in the Volta Region to scare voters in the stronghold of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) into favor of the NPP.

“Before the elections we fired dynamite in some areas of the Volta region and that scared many people. When I finished voting in Tema, I drove to the Volta region and when I asked the number of people who had voted and the expected number of voters, it turned out that people did not come out to vote.”

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