Stephen Oduro affectionately called Odenkyem, a thirty-five years old man who was on Tuesday arraigned before a Circuit Court in Techiman, Bono East Region, for allegedly destroying John Dramani Mahama’s campaign billboards.
Stephen, an indigene of Techiman, a Polling Station Youth Organizer of the governing New Patriotic Party, in the Techiman South Constituency and Deputy Minister of Regional Re-Orientation, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah’s kinsman, was arrested by the police during unrest in Techiman in which he (Stephen Oduro) was seen damaging campaign billboards of opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC.
He was arrested by the Techiman Police Patrol Team in the late hours of Tuesday while destroying any single billboard branded with John Dramani Mahama and Dr. Christopher Baryeley’s images he comes across in Techiman township.
During his arrest, the defendant was also accused of causing trouble and threatening to injure anyone that comes closer to him.
He was later arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, malicious damage, and attempted harm.
Police explained that the suspect committed offenses punishable under both the Criminal Code and the electoral laws of Ghana.
The Police asked the court to remand the suspect in prison custody pending legal advice from the Attorney General’s office.
But Parliamentary Candidate for the Techiman South Constituency Dr. Christopher Baasongti Bayeley, whose billboards were damaged, pleaded with the Circuit not to punish the suspect.
According to Dr. Christopher, there is no point in pushing for the gentleman to be sentenced. For him, (Dr. Christopher) his primary focus is to serve his people with accused inclusive.
He said, as a leader, you must have an accommodating heart and space for everyone.
The ruling, Circuit Court Judge ordered that Stephen Oduro be release from Police custody for want of prosecution.