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15.05.2012 NPP News

NPP Candidate For Tain, 5 Others Arrested

By Daily Graphic
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The New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary candidate for the Tain Constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region is in the grip of the police for his alleged involvement in violence at the Sabieh registration centre.

Mr Ofori Amanfo and five other party activists who were picked up on Saturday have not been formally charged.

The Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of the party, Mr Asomah Cheremeh, however maintains that the suspects are innocent.

Mr Cheremeh told Joy News that their candidate for the constituency was not at the scene of the clashes between supporters of the NDC and the NPP.

“The candidate was at Nsokor and he heard that there was a problem at a village called Sabieh so he ,together with his secretary, youth organiser, treasurer and two other officers sought to go there and see for themselves, the problems over there.”

The regional chairman said while on his way, the parliamentary aspirant came across a car with gun-wielding passengers. They allegedly stopped him and gave him a chase, but on their way, they met the police commander who arrested them.

All the six suspects have been denied bail. The Brong Ahafo regional chairman accused the police of bias in handling the issue and warns it could provoke further violence.

He accused the NDC of hiring macho men who were riding on motorbikes and giving warning shots throughout the night.

“Though we know that some of the police officers over here have taken sides, we will not take the law into our hands but if we keep on reporting to the police and the police do not take action, then we will advise ourselves,” he stressed.

The Brong Ahafo Regional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Eric Amoako, however, denied taking sides and said his outfit was handling the cases professionally.

“We have not just arrested those people for the sake of arrest. They should leave politics out of this; it is purely a criminal matter. They want to politicise everything; how can we live in this country like that?” he questioned.

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