Recent reports have revealed that the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as ‘Chairman Wotunmi’ who was detained overnight by the Police, has been granted bail. Chairman Wontumi who is of the New Patriotic Party was granted bail by the Asokwa District Magistrate Court at the sum of GHC 20,000 with two sureties.
The Asokwa District Magistrate court presided by Judge Owusu Korkor, granted him bail at the sum of GHC 20,000 with two sureties. One of the sureties should have a landed property or deposit an amount of GHC 10,000. The case has been adjourned to June 1, 2016.
According to reports, acting counsel for Chairman Wontumi, Egbert Faibille Jnr had asked for a two-week period to settle the assault case out of court. Speaking on behalf of Wontumi, he said the case between the two NPP loyalists is a ‘family matter’, and can be resolved in the interest of the opposition.
During the limited voter registration exercise on Sunday, Chairman Wontumi allegedly slapped MP for Manhyia North, Collins Owusu Amankwah, and constituency secretary Felix Ibrahim at a polling centre.
After he was declared wanted by the police, Chairman Wontumi, subsequently turned himself in at the Central Police Station in Kumasi, on Tuesday. Some supporters of the NPP however, besieged the Central Police Station to protest his detention hours after he reported. The NPP supporters where of the defence that it was a simple assault which should be handled by their party executives instead of the police.
It was a heck of a drama at the Central police station on Wednesday as Party supporters, some of whom had camped at the Station, were loudly chanting while proceedings were ongoing. Chairman Wontumi was hailed by party supporters as he entered court for the start of proceedings Wednesday.
During the proceedings, lawyer Egbert Faibille Jnr had then suggested that the continued detention of the party’s National Chairman might lead to poor supervision in the on-going limited voters’ registration exercise. It was also gathered that lawyers for the Manhyia North MP have withdrawn the assault complaint they lodged against Chairman Wontumi.