The Chiefs and citizens of Avatime traditional area in the Ho West District of the Volta region have called on the government to grant bail to the Senior Military Officer, Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli who is in custody over an alleged coup plot while investigation continues.
At a Press conference held in Vane community centre on Thursday, 13 February 2020, seven traditional chiefs, elders and some Avatime citizens asked the judicial arm and the government as a whole to consider their son's bail and also prayed to the gods to deal with any person who has plotted evil Col. Gameli.
The convenor, Senyo Onyame Charles said, they are not against the State's actions but want the suspect to be granted bail.
"It's almost six months now, we are just appealing to the state, the prosecution in particular, to expedite action on whatever is happening, because I think six months is quite a long time that whatever investigation their doing, since they have the fact should be completed because we were told that they were been monitored for 15 months before they got arrested, so we are just appealing, we are not against the state doing their duty but to grant our person bail since in the 1992 constitution, the Supreme Court ruling said that every offence is bailable" he said.
Speaking on their submissions to the gods, Mr Onyame indicated that " our issue here in Avatime is that, if it is somebody who is concocting all those stories because we know Gameli very well and we are not convinced that he will do such a thing (plan a coup against the president), in this world we all have enemies, your best friend can be your enemy, so, if it is somebody who just concocted and implicating him, our gods should deal with the person, to expose the person, the person should say the truth".
Colonel Gameli was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (BNI) together with some other suspects including Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Benjamin Agordzo over the alleged coup plot in September last year.