The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has revealed that it disagreed with the police on a number of critical issues at a recent meeting with the leadership of the police and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The NDC in a statement disclosed that the party leadership disagreed with the position of the police that the inflammatory and incendiary comments made By Bryan Acheampong to the effect that, the NPP will not hand over power to the NDC in 2025, did not pass the test of criminality.
The NDC also revealed that it expressed dissatisfaction over the inaction of the police in investigating the killing of some Ghanaians during the 2020 General Election in the Techiman South and Ablekuma Central constituencies.
The NDC in its statement reminded the Ghana Police Service to take a relook, particularly at their stance on Bryan Acheampong’s incendiary comments, consistent with their position on similar recent events
RE: POLICE MEET LEADERSHIP OF NPP AND NDC OVER HAPPENINGS ON THE POLITICAL FRONT
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken notice of a recent statement authored by the Ghana Police Service under the above caption, dated 17th April 2023.
The party would like to confirm that indeed, upon the invitation of the Inspector General of Police, the leadership of the NDC participated in a meeting with the top brass of the Ghana Police Service on 17th April, 2023, to discuss some pertinent issues of concern to us.
While commending the Police for the cordial nature of the discussions, and for their initiative in establishing a Police Election Security Secretariat to work with Political Parties to enhance election security and other politically-related matters, the NDC at the said meeting disagreed with the Police on a number of critical issues as follows:
1. The leadership of the party disagreed with the position of the Police that the inflammatory and incendiary comments made By Bryan Acheampong to the effect that, the New Patriotic Party will not hand over power to the NDC in 2025, did not pass the test of criminality. We made the point, and still stand by the same, that the statement by Bryan Acheampong breaches Section 207 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), to wit, offensive conduct conducive to the breach of the peace.
We contended and still maintain, that the said comments by Bryan Acheampong were intended, and did actually incite supporters of the ruling NPP to act in a manner that has the tendency and likelihood to breach public peace in the aftermath of the 2024 General Elections.
2. The leadership of the NDC registered our displeasure over the handling of Police investigations into the murder of Silas Wulochamey, a 28-year-old teacher trainee graduate, who met his untimely death after he was stabbed by bandits associated with the New Patriotic Party at Banda Kabrono during the 2020 Voter Registration Exercise.
Following this dastardly act, seven persons were arrested by the Police in connection with the heinous crime. Regrettably, the party noted, that nearly three years on, investigations into this serious matter have stalled, as the suspects have been unceremoniously granted bail without justifiable basis, while the Police claim to be unable to obtain a pathologist report. The party found these excuses untenable and unsatisfactory and condemned the Police’s handling of this important matter.
3. Representatives of the party at the said meeting further expressed dissatisfaction over the inaction of the Police in investigating the killing of some Ghanaians during the 2020 General Election in the Techiman South and Ablekuma Central Constituencies. In this regard, the party vehemently rejected the Police’s claim that it was unable to identify the Military Officers and other people in uniform, who shot and killed these innocent Ghanaian citizens.
The party made the point forcefully, that the said military officers were under the Command of the Military High Command, and were deployed to these locations on that fateful day under strict instructions. It could not, therefore, be said that their identities were unknown. In any case, some of these incidents were captured on camera and several videos were in circulation, which could provide lead to the Police in their investigations. The party, therefore, charged the Police to expedite action on these serious murder cases.
4. The party expressed displeasure at the inhumane and degrading treatment that was meted out to a young activist of the party called Mohammed Nasir, who was arrested in connection with disturbances at the recent NDC National Youth and Women conference in Cape Coast. Mohammed Nazir was beaten and tortured for four days continuously while in Police custody.
The National Democratic Congress hereby wishes to reiterate these concerns and to once again remind the Ghana Police Service to take a relook, particularly at their stance on Bryan Acheampong’s incendiary comments, consistent with their position on similar recent events. We expect the Police to act on this matter with the speed and urgency with which they acted in apprehending and prosecuting other political actors for making similar statements in recent time.
The party further expects the Police to act with dispatch in addressing the other concerns above-stated.
We believe that this is the only way, the Police can engender the confidence of the Ghanaian people in the new interventions they have introduced.
SAMMY GYAMFI ESQ.
NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER