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28.05.2008 Regional News

Edumadze Case: C/R Police Take Over

By Daily Graphic
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The Central Regional Police Command is to take over investigations into the case in which the Central Regional Editor of the Daily Graphic, Mr Joe Okyere, was allegedly assaulted by the Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam, Mr Isaac Edumadze.

The Regional Police Commander, Ms Rose Bio Atinga, told the Daily Graphic that investigations would commence as soon as details of the case had been handed over to her office.

She noted that the police would not want to get wrong facts from disjointed sources but that they would work to ensure that the truth of the matter was established.

Ms Atinga said the police would be very careful and tactful in their investigations without prejudice.

The Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District Commander of Police, Chief Superintendent Appiah, said investigations into the case were ongoing but he would not comment further.

Meanwhile, the Cape Coast District Hospital has treated Mr Okyere for chest, shoulder and hand pains.

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has also requested Mr Okyere and Mr Philip Baidoo to write a situation report on the incident for study.

It would be recalled that Tuesday's edition of the Daily Graphic reported that Mr Edumadze, who is also a former Central Regional Minister, assaulted Mr Okyere after the NPP primary last Sunday which he (Edumadze) lost.

Mr Edumadze, who has been in the news several times for his aggressive nature and bullying tactics, together with his machomen, held the two journalists, Mr Baidoo of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in the Central Region and Mr Okyere, at his residence at Ajumako for over an hour, most of which time he and his men assaulted Mr Okyere.

Mr Okyere was in a vehicle with Mr Baidoo when Mr Baidoo decided to go to the MP's house to say hello to him.

Story by Shirley Asiedu-Addo.

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