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Former Ministers gang up at BNI HQ 6/2/2009

Former ministers under the erstwhile Kufuor administration have converged at the BNI office where ex-chief of staff, Kwadwo Mpiani is held for questioning.

The ex-ministers numbering about 200 stormed the office at around 18:00 GMT and demanded to know the whereabouts of the ex-chief of staff.

They included Dan Kweku Botwe and Stephen Asamoah Boateng, two former information ministers, Dr. Addo Kufuor, ex-Defence Minister, Mrs Gladys Asmah, ex-Fisheries Minister and a host of others.

Mr. Mpiani in the company of his lawyers, Yooni Kolendi and Egbert Faibille Jnr were said to have reported at 11:00 am on Tuesday and has been held close to nine hours.

Former information minister, Asamoah Boateng said they cannot tell the where about of Mr. Mpiani.

He suspected he had been "smuggled" out of the BNI office.

Government sources insist Mr. Mpiani is at the BNI HQ answering "series of questions."

Deputy Information Minister, James Agyanim Boateng would not tell the kind of questions the ex-chief of staff is supposed to be answering.

He said the ex-chief of staff has not been charged for now, and that Tuesday''s questioning has nothing to do with his "innocence or guilt."

Meanwhile there are reports of pandemonium at the premises of the BNI where supporters of the NPP have allegedly joined the ministers in protest over the detention of Mr. Mpiani.

Armed police in Tata Bus at 19:17 GMT were said to have been dispatched to the area to keep law and order.

Joy News reporter, Sammy Darko said the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, ACP Rose Atinga is addressing the ex-ministers and calling for calm.

ACP Atinga said the "situation is not frightening."

Mr. Kwamena Bartels ex-Works and Housing Minister, proposed three of the ex-ministers be allowed entry into the offices of the BNI to ascertain the condition of Mr. Mpiani, but that according to the police commander was not possible.

Mr. Bartels is therefore demanding they be left alone at the entrance of the BNI.

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