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26.10.2008 Regional News

NR REGSEC Cautions Trouble Rousers

By Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale -

Police in the Northern Region have warned trouble rousers that they would not be spared in the run up to the election.

The Northern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ofosu-Mensah Gyeabour, gave the warning in an interview with the Times in Tamale.

He said the police were ready to deal ruthlessly with any person or group bent on disturbing the peace in the region.

This warning came in the wake of a clash between some supporters of Alhaji Alhassan Yakubu Malik, the NPP parliamentary candidate, and an independent candidate, Mohammed Mahammud Arado, of the Yendi constituency.

Two people were said to have sustained injuries from stone pelting in the melee that ensured between the two factions.

Both groups were said to be returning from their respective rallies in different parts of the municipality.

There has been tension in the Yendi constituency since Mr. Arado, an independent candidate broke away from the ruling NPP and expressed his intention to contest the election.

The problem was compounded soon after Mr.Arado filed his nomination with the Electoral Commission to contest the seat as an independent candidate.

DCOP Gyeabour advised leaders of political parties and independent candidates in the region to always notify the police of their intentions to hold rallies.

He said that henceforth, police would use every legitimate means to stop any group which failed to inform them of their rallies.

DCOP Gyabour said that some politicians in certain constituencies in the region were holding rallies without complying with the Public Order Act, and directed all Divisional Police  Commanders in the area not to spare such politicians.

He also warned against holding of rallies in the night,  stressing that such a practice was  against the laws of the country.