The Inspector General of Police, Mr. David Asante Apeatu, has today issued a news release that it has set up a committee to investigate the alleged riots that took place a few days ago at the by-elections of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.
This saw the widow (Mrs. Lydia Seyram Alhassan) of the late MP of the constituency, in the person of Hon. Agyarko of the NPP, carrying the day. Voter turn out was 19% and she won 67% of the total votes cast. However this victory was amidst several shootings which saw close to 18 people being injured and rushed to various hospitals in the surburb.
There has been claims by the minority NDC that those involved were not police men but the Invincible Forces and Delta Forces, a vigilante group operated by the NPP for their various security tasks. These men were seen with mask and heavily armed as they brutalised many people at the polling stations.
Many have called on Ghana Police to disclose the identity of these men that unleashed such violence which caused the minority NDC to boycott the elections.
NDC MP for Ningo Prampram constituency, Mr. Samuel ‘Djata’ George also claimed he has been assaulted and shot at but still managed to survive. The IGP has called on him and any other member of the public who has any footage or information about the shootings to make it available for investigations. He also gave out telephone numbers that members of the public can call to provide information about the incidence to assist in investigations.
The IGP has gone further to assure the general public that it will get to the bottom of the matter and has assured it’s relentless effort to make ensure that there is peace in the country.
Below is the news release :
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Meanwhile the founder and flagbearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), in the person of Dr. Alhassan Ayariga has come out to condemn the attacks and has accused the president of Ghana for endorsing the activities of vigilante groups in this country as he himself uses them as his private security instead of Ghana Police. To him the attacks were carried out by members of the vigilante group, invisible forces of the NPP wing.
He said this in a press conference in Accra today which saw all media houses and journalist accross the length and breadth of this country attend.