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Ayawaso West Wuogon chaos: Police to investigate masked men  

Ayawaso West Wuogon chaos: Police to investigate masked men  
Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com | Naa Sakwaba Akwa | E: faustine.akwa@myjoyonline.com
Date: 31-01-2019 Time: 08:01:46:pm

Police say they are investigating the issue of masked men who assaulted the Ningo-Prampram MP during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, Thursday.

The men, dressed in black polo shirts and khaki trousers stormed the La Bawaleshie Primary School polling station where voting was ongoing to elect a new MP following the death of Kyeremanten Agyarko.

They are alleged to have fired gunshot and even slapped Ningo-Prampram MP Samuel George, who in a video, appeared to be questioning them.

The NDC reacted to the violence by withdrawing from the by-election, accusing the NPP and the president of deliberately intimidating voters and their polling agents.

But the police say the men in the bucket of police pickup trucks’ identities are being investigated.

Director General of Operations at the Police Headquarters Alex Mensah told Joy News’ Kwesi Parker Wilson, “We need to investigate to see those who came were from the National Security or policemen.”

DCOP Mensah said he did not know the men but when pushed, said “all my men are not masked. If there are people who were masked, where were they from,” he queried adding it is the reason there must be an investigation into the incident.

The Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo is seeking answers from the Inspector General of Police.

He said the leadership of the party has gone to see David Asante Apeatu pointing their reservations about the violence that was meted out to members of the party.

“We have expressed out strongest objections to the kind of security that prevailed from the beginning of this elections and the gunshot wounds that people have suffered and the lack of protection to even out Parliamentary candidate.

“We wanted to find out what kind of security arrangements were put in place because we saw very strange security agencies using police vehicles…we had people who were masked and you could even see their faces…so we went to the IGP and we put a lot of questions to him,” he said.

Mr Ofosu Ampofo also said they queried the IGP on the attire of the so-called security personnel who were sent to the polling stations, a development he believes is alien to the country’s security forces.

“We even showed video evidence of the personnel that were deployed with arms who were masked and asked whether this was an official uniform provided to the police and so many other things that happened.”


He added that throughout their meeting, the IGP could not confirm if the Service has been provided with the kind of uniforms the men had on at the polling station.

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But the NPP is absolving themselves from any blame and all accusations levelled against the party.

Director of Communications, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah who insists the NDC is making a mountain out of a molehill.

He finds claims by the NDC that the masked men were members of the NPP preposterous, adding the NDC withdrew from the race out of fear.

Meanwhile, the police in a statement put the number of injured persons to six.

They insist there is no record of any fatality. They say the injured are responding to treatment at Legon and 37 Military hospitals.

The IGP has directed the Director General of the CID to speed up investigations into the incident.