One of the panelists alleged to have threatened the lives of judges in the country on a programme on Accra-based Montie FM, has apologized for his seemingly incendiary comments.
Alistair Nelson, along with another panelist, Godwin Ako Gunn, allegedly threatened to “finish” the Supreme Court and High Court judges if they made any judgment against the Electoral Commission in the ongoing court case challenging the validity or otherwise of the voters’ register.
Mr. Nelson, apologizing via a statement said: “I participated in a program on Montie FM. During my contribution, I made statements that in context, content (though conditional) and timing, are regrettable. Notwithstanding the many distortion that have accompanied the numerous public comments, I wish to apologize unreservedly to the listening public, including those who have called to caution and advise, and all members of the bench who have been offended by my contribution on the programme.”“I also wish to apologise to the management of Montie FM for the unfortunate development. Thank you,” Mr. Nelson added in a statement.
One of the panelists on the programme is reported to have said:
“I know where the judges live in Accra, I can show you. I know their quarters, the Supreme Court judges. I also know the High Court judges. Yes, I’m telling you, God has a way to show…If they like, they should bring it on. It will start in their residences, I’m telling you, in their neighborhood. When we finish them, then it will be over. Then we will come and rule our nation because they don’t wish the nation well. So they have to go. We will see them off to return to where they came from. So that those of us who wish the nation well will take control of the nation and rule it. So they should sit there, and feel that they are Supreme Court judges so…Look, the EC is insulated, article 45. Go and check. You cannot do what you are doing there. You Supreme Court judges sitting there, what do you do for Ghana? Look at your judges accepting bribes, goats and GH¢100 and others. Are you not ashamed. Senior judges on the bench, by this time all of you should have resigned because of what your juniors were doing. Are you not ashamed?”
GBA calls for arrest of the two panelists
The Ghana Bar Association has since called on the Inspector General of Police to as a matter of urgency, arrest the two for threatening the lives of judges in the country.
It also called on the Attorney General to ensure that these gentlemen are prosecuted with all the force that she can muster and do her utmost to secure convictions for them.
GBA argued that “those words were also meant to incite hatred among the public against the judges.”