I fasted at BNI - Asabee

Former Information Minister, Stephen Asamoah-Boateng, was released by the BNI on Saturday afternoon after a dramatic arrest and detention on Thursday. Speaking to Daily Guide soon after he breathed an air of freedom, Asabee revealed that he declined to eat food offered him by BNI agents, saying he fasted for the period that he was a ‘guest’ of the security establishment. “I fasted for 48 hours. I ate biscuits in the BNI cells on my last day and these were provided by my wife. I did not eat their food. I also avoided their prison dress,” he said defiantly. The former minister is due in court today to face a number of charges leveled against him and five others including his wife, Zuleika, by the security organization about which he said, “The case would be interesting.” Mr. Asamoah Boateng was confident despite the ordeal he went through last week. He headed for the house of Salifu Maikankan who died on Friday following alleged police brutality, to sympathize with the family. At the deceased’s residence in Kotobabi, Hon Asamoah-Boateng, in the company of his wife, sympathized with the bereaved family. The deceased, is believed to have died as a result of intense intake of tear gas fired by policemen deployed to BNI and according to some eyewitnesses, he was also hit in the chest with the butt of a rifle. Hon Asamoah-Boateng asked the bereaved family to take heart, as according to him, the deceased died of a good cause and would forever remain a part of Ghana’s history. It is a painful experience, he acknowledged, adding that being a Muslim, the remains of Maikankan should have been buried by now. As the ex-minister noted, Ghana is passing through unusual times and he gave the assurance that the party’s leadership would ensure that the process is expedited so the body can be buried according to Islamic rites. Asabee’s visit was met with a widespread commendation by the many sympathizers of the bereaved family since the bereaved family was his first point of call from the BNI cells. He parted with an undisclosed amount of money to the family and promised more support when such is needed.