The deputy minister of tourism, arts and culture, Mark Okraku Mantey is in trouble for lawlessly gaining entry to a plot of land in Oyarifa. Apparently, the land belongs to an estate developer.
In effect, an Adentan circuit court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Mark Okraku Mantey for failing to appear before it.
The deputy minister has been charged for allegedly violating Sections 7 (1) and (2) of the Vigilantism and Related Offences Act. Mark Okraku Mantey forcibly gained access to the land, owned by Alhaji Tony Baba.
Mr Okraku Mantey was scheduled to appear in court earlier yesterday (18th January) to continue the completion of the case management conference for the trial to commence.
Both Mark and his lawyer were absent. However, the lawyer was absent with permission from the court.
The prosecution also said that, during interrogation, the deputy minister failed to report at the police station to assist in investigations.
Patience Mario, the Prosecuting Superintendent of Police asked the court for a bench warrant to arrest Mark Okraku Mantey.
Sedinam Awo Balokah presided over the court, issued the warrant and adjourned the matter to 8th February 2022.
It is uncertain how the deputy minister can deliver his national mandate satisfactorily, considering the pending court case against him.