Obinim Saga Gov't only diverting attention away from Montie 3 - Atta Akyea

Obinim was on Tuesday handcuffed and sent to the National Police Criminal Investigations Department, Accra for allegedly defrauding a man of GHC11.6 million.

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Samuel Atta Akyea, lawyer for the embattled man of God has said the whole incident involving Bishop Daniel Obinim is a ploy by officialdom to divert the attention of Ghanaians from the Montie 3 saga.

Obinim was on Tuesday handcuffed and sent to the National Police Criminal Investigations Department, Accra for allegedly defrauding a man of GHC11.6 million.

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The embattled pastor was sent from the Police Headquarters to a new place on Wednesday after his followers gathered at the Police head office in Accra demanding his release.

Obinim's followers at Police Headquarters play Obinim's followers at Police Headquarters (Pulse Ghana)

 

Obinim’s followers protested against the preacher’s arrest but the Police managed to disperse them with water cannons and batons.

However, his lawyer, Atta Akyea has said he is not happy with the way his client is being treated.

"...You could see today he’s been at the front pages of the Ghanaian Times and the Daily Graphic as if the nation hasn’t got anything serious to discuss, as if they need this kind of pictures to overshadow the Montie FM issues and I’m embarrassed by it, I don’t think that the nation should stoop that low, we have more serious things to look at, not Obinim’s matters,” he told Class FM.

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He said fraud allegations are "normal things, if you’ve practiced criminal law before, they are very normal, fraud and even murder, so if you look at priority and what is important to Ghana, do not make normal things extraordinary, if you did that then you have a motive.”

“If you look at what is topical, it’s as if this is supposed to overshadow issues concerning the pardoning of these individuals [Montie 3] so, please this is my view and I think they’ve made it too melodramatic. A man who is known and notorious should be handcuffed, what for, where is running to? Do you know who is supposed to be handcuffed? The hardened criminals who they’ve been searching for years and when they are so arrested, for fear that they might bolt, they handcuff them, so what is the drama about, what is it that somebody is trying to secure? I don’t understand,” he said.

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