President Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday, reinstated with immediate effect, the suspended Upper West Regional Minister, Alhassan Suleman.
This follows the completion of police investigations into the attack on the Upper West Regional offices of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in Wa, which led to the suspension.
The President’s decision is informed by Police investigations, for which a report dated February 22, 2018, was submitted to the President, after which a thorough assessment of the report was undertaken.
President Nana Akufo-Addo suspended the Upper West regional minister in February this year following reports of political vigilantism in the region.
Sulemana Alhassan was alleged to have instructed the release of some New Patriotic Party (NPP) thugs who were arrested after they attacked some officers of the Upper West National Disaster Management Organisation.
He denied the allegation against him but that did not stop the President from cracking the whip.
In a desperate attempt to end the act of vigilantism in the country, the President suspended Sulemana Alhassan from office.
But the report Friday exonerates the Regional Minister from any wrongdoing in the unfortunate incident of January 31, 2018, including attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Nine persons – Kamal Ismail, Bongaamwini Issahaku, Salifu Seidu Adnan, Abdulai Hakeem, Suglo Nugu, Dakura Peter, Nuhu Mohammed, Kasim Dramani and Issah Salifu – who are alleged to have been responsible for the criminal acts have been arraigned before court for prosecution, having been charged with the following offences:
1. Conspiracy to commit a crime to wit assault contrary to Sections 23 and 84 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
2. Assault contrary to Section 84 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
3. Conspiracy to commit a crime to wit threat of harm contrary to Sections 23 and 74 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
4. Threat of death contrary to Section 74 of the Criminal Offences Act, 196, (Act 29); and
5. Rioting contrary to Section 196 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).
The judicial proceedings in the matter are ongoing.