Some national executives of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), family members, friends, and sympathisers of former Upper East regional minister, Boniface Gambila, have stormed the offices of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), to demand his immediate release.
Mr. Gambila was held on Thursday morning and spent the night at the offices of the nation’s investigative fortress.
The former national service boss and current parliamentary aspirant for Nabdam has been charged for allegedly stealing huge quantities of food items during his stay as national service head during the Kufuor administration.
According to Citi News’ Umaru Sanda, the General Secretary of the NPP, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the National Youth Organiser, Anthony Karbo and a host of party faithfuls have all besieged the BNI offices demanding the release of the former minister.
Mr. Afriyie in an interview with Citi News said the NDC are using the BNI to persecute Mr. Gambila to help incumbent Nabdam MP Moses Asaga get a smooth ride in the 2012 Parliamentary election.
Some members of the NPP have also described the arrest by the BNI as political vindictiveness.
Meanwhile, Mr. Gambila was allowed to see his solicitors Derry & Co. represented by Carl Adongo in the late hours of Thursday after several bureaucracies.
His lawyer returned to the BNI offices on Friday, but security officials allegedly rejected food and toiletries sent to Mr. Gambila by family and friends.
It is not clear if he would be granted bail today in line with the constitutional requirement that says no suspect should be held for more than 48 hours unless in murder and drug cases.