Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. John Dramani Mahama, has called for clemency for a pastor and his two followers jailed for flouting the ban on public gatherings.
Mr. Mahama wants the president to grant clemency to the pastor and his two followers who are serving a four-year jail term for flouting the ban on public gatherings.
According to him, the four-year prison sentence handed down to the pastor, Apostle Sampson Agakpe and two others is draconian and an act of selective justice.
“We must all abide by the law, that is true, but we should not engage in selective justice, where you apply the law heavily on church workers who flout the law. Yet, during primaries, people were seen flouting the law with impunity and nothing happened to them”, he said.
Mr. Mahama made the appeal during an interaction with Christian leaders in the Northern regional capital Tamale.
He revealed that it is important for the imposition of the COVID-19 restrictions to help fight the surge in infections and keep the country safe but that does not warrant selective justice.
“We are all equal before the law. It should not be possible for political parties to flout a law and get away with it, yet when a church flouts the law, the punishment is heavy and draconian.
We have our Christian colleagues, a pastor and some church workers languishing in jail. They were sentenced to jail for four years. That is a very draconian punishment”.
Apostle Sampson Agakpe, founder of the Church of Pure Christ in the Volta Region, was arrested, charged and jailed for four years together with his Assistant Pastor, Maxwell Dzogoedzikpe and the church secretary, Samuel Agakpe.