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ARREST NPP HOOLIGANS - Sammy Awuku tells Police

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National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party, Sammy Awuku, has asked the police to arrest the NPP youth who engaged in violence in Karaga in the Northern Region.

National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party, Sammy Awuku, has asked the police to arrest the NPP youth who engaged in violence in Karaga in the Northern Region.

 

According to him, the NPP and the government cannot accept lawlessness from anybody in the country, irrespective of which political party they belong to.

Supporters of feuding executives of the NPP in the Karaga constituency clashed Tuesday night vandalizing party installation, an alleged military van and invading a police station in a spread of violence.

The violence is reported to have begun Monday afternoon with an attack on the Youth Employment coordinator who is also the constituency youth organizer, Mohamed Baba, over the appointment of some youth into the security service.

The party constituency executives have stayed sharply divided and tension has escalated since the DCE for the area took office.

The DCE, the Organizer and the youth organizer have been accused by the constituency chairman and the other executives of hijacking the party in the area and taking decisions without deliberations and consultation.

Chaos broke again in the night when some soldiers allegedly acting upon the directives of the DCE stormed the town and arrested two supporters of the chairman, after the police had earlier restored calm.

However, a visibly Mr Awuku, during a radio interview yesterday, described the situation as disturbing and reprehensible.

He stated: “The police should arrest those youth, whether they are NPP or NDC or CPP. If they are arrested, we as NPP will not contribute financially or legally to release them.”

He continued, “This is a strong warning to all the youth of the NPP and all that the laws will work. We cannot continue to condone stupidity, we can’t accept that. We take a very serious exception to what happened at Karaga. The President is really working hard to fight against poverty in the country, and so we cannot allow saboteurs to be taking us backwards.”

He also issued a stern warning to those behind the actions of the youth to foment trouble that the police will deal with them if they are caught.

“The police should act with dispatch, if the person has violated the law, he must be dealt with, it’s as simple as that,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery, has given firm assurance that the police in collaboration with the government are committed to dealing with these lawless acts head-on.

“…What I can say with pride is that, we are not condoning any actions,” he added.

Mr Dery believes government has exhibited ample commitment towards the fight against political party vigilantism in the country, considering that they did not shield the 13 members of the pro-NPP vigilante group, Invincible Forces, but rather allowed them to go through the court process.

He noted that, “Vigilantism is real, and the Akufo-Addo government hasn’t run away from it. This is the government that has taken people that are known as its supporters and sent to court, they went through due process, they were convicted and they were sentenced.”

“I’ve heard people say that the sentences are not harsh enough, but let’s put it in context. The law in the kind of offences they were charged with encourages reconciliation and settlements outside. If you put it in that context, we didn’t even allow a settlement of the matter which would have still been within the law.

We sent it there, and it’s not our remit. It’s the remit of the judiciary, and the judiciary has taken a decision – they have been convicted, they have been sentenced… so we need to go beyond mere criticism to find out what are the legal limitations in sentencing. What are the considerations in sentencing; but what I can say with pride is that, we are not condoning any actions,” he explained.

He also called on the public to expose politicians believed to be behind these acts, and further warned the youth to be law abiding.