NDC group wants NPP officials arrested

The Media Analysts Group, a pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) pressure group, is to lodge a complaint with the Ghana Police Service to arrest some national executives of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Those against whom the complaint will be lodged are Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey and Mr Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, National Chairman and General Secretary respectively of the NPP, and Ms Frances Asiam, an NPP activist.

The complaint is to be lodged by close of day today, September 14, 2010 at the Headquarters of the Ghana Police Service.

The pressure group said it would demand from the police to arrest the individuals for “unnecessarily causing fear and panic as well as endangering innocent lives” as result of the actions and comments they made before, during and after the recent bye-election held at Atiwa in the Eastern Region.

Mr Alfred Triddles, Coordinator of the group, who addressed a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, said: “If the NDC had responded it would have been a different ball game altogether; it would have been destruction of property and even loss of lives.”

Mr Triddles called on the police to probe the three individuals on their claims that some three lives had been lost during the elections.

He said the decision of the group to lodge a complaint with the police for the arrest of the individuals was “within the confines of the law and will in the future deter such irresponsible behaviour by political actors”.

Mr Chris Ackumey, a lawyer and a member of the NDC, described the incident at Atiwa as unfortunate, saying such things must not be allowed to recur.

Mr Ackumey commended personnel of the Ghana Police Service for the professional manner in which they handled the security situation during the election.

Source: GNA

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