Operatives of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) yesterday busted a former Junior Common Room (JCR) President of Sarbah Hall, University of Ghana (UG), Legon, Stephen Forson, in the early hours of the morning.
His wife, Gloria Mensah, who narrated the incident to DAILY GUIDE, said Stephen was picked up at their New Bortianor residence on allegation of tempering with elections results.
Forson, developed the software that was used in last Thursday’s Students Representative Council (SRC) elections at the Legon campus of the university. One Mohamed Mikdad, believed to have been sponsored by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), lost to one Davis Fobi, who was declared winner after counting.
Before the arrest, Stephen’s wife said they (herself, her husband and a guest) were asleep when they overheard their dog barking and therefore became alarmed.
After that, she told the paper, they heard a loud bang on the main gate to the house, prompting her husband (Stephen) to go to the gate to see what was happening.
Moments later, Gifty said she saw Stephen returning into the house in the company of about five plain-clothed men who claimed they were police and officials of the BNI and had a warrant to search the house.
One of them was said to have flashed an identity card on demand.
It however, turned out that the search warrant they were wielding bore a different name and not that of Stephen Forson. According to the wife, it had the name of one Samuel Ato Forson.
This, according to her, resulted in an argument between them and the BNI operatives as the husband insisted it was not his name.
But that would not suffice as Gifty put it, “The leader said per the identification and the pictures that they had, they knew that it was this Forson they were looking for and that what was stated on the document said that we should allow them to search our house.”
To avoid any further arguments, she said they allowed them into the room to proceed with their search.
“They started with his laptop bag; they searched the laptop bag. Later on they went to our bedroom; they took another old laptop, they took a desk top, they took all sorts of used SIM cards, memory cards, cameras…documents, especially the ones that bear contracts between him and the University of Ghana and some other personal documents, pen drives and his tablet,” she narrated.
That did not seem good enough because according to Gifty, “After taking everything, they also said he had to follow them to the BNI office.”
She thought her husband was being taken for questioning and made to return but that never was.
An obviously distraught Gifty said she later called her brother-in-law who accompanied her to the BNI headquarters in the morning, but were denied access to her husband because they said it was not visiting hours and therefore asked to come the following day.
This compelled the lady to call in a lawyer, Kwabena Boye Adjekum, who was also denied access to Stephen.
But that time, according to her, “We were also told by the same people that there were two officers handling his case; one was on leave. We didn’t know how he went on leave from dawn to 11 o’clock; the person could just go on leave and the other one was also on assignment so if we would be able to see him, it would be tomorrow.”
Lawyer Kwabena Boye indeed confirmed to DAILY GUIDE his client was being kept in BNI custody and that he was denied access to him, but was hopeful he would be allowed to see him today and probably secure a bail for him and take the issue from there.
Meanwhile, a “Free Forson” campaign has been launched on Facebook – a social media – by friends of the detained software developer to get him released.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu