The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is demanding the immediate release of its Ledzokuku constituency executives over claims that they are being held on trumped up charges.
The party says its members including its Ledzokuku Constituency Chairman and Organizer were taken by armed military men who invaded the private office of the parliamentary candidate on suspicion that he was registering voters at Anumantu and Teshie Tsuibleoo on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 7:00pm.
The party in a statement said a “four member military patrol team from the Teshie Southern Command, armed to the teeth, led by one Captain Dominic N. Nakpaja together with other un-uniformed heavily built men stormed the office and disrupted a meeting between the Parliamentary Candidate for Ledzokuku Constituency, Ben Ayiku Narh, some party executives and some traditional leaders.
The party said after an initial resistance, the armed men succeeded in confiscating a desktop computer and EC’s printouts from the various registration centres amidst gunshots.
The statement added that the party executives followed up to the Accra Central Police and were detained upon arrival.
“The Constituency Chairman and Organizer and some others followed it up to the Accra Central Police Station where Captain Nakpaja claimed to have lodged official complaint. Upon arrival at the Station, the police CID in charge said he had been instructed by the powers that be to detain the Constituency Chairman and Organizer for reasons or crime we are yet to be told”.
The party further condemned what it described as “unwarranted and senseless harassments”, urging the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt General Obed Boamah Akwa to guard the enviable reputation of the Ghana Armed Forces.
“Our fear is that if these things continue, the citizens may be forced to use unauthorized means to defend and protect themselves. The military should be the last agency to bow to NPP’s pressure and desperation to explore crude tactics to hang onto power.
“We demand that our Constituency Chairman, Organizer and any other person being detained in respect of these false and unintelligent allegation be released immediately. We do not expect anybody to ask us what we will do when they are not released…”