General News of Sunday, 16 June 2019
The Accra Region Police Command, is investigating the Education Ministry PRO, following a Facebook post relating to the rescued Canadian women, who were abducted on June 4.
Vincent Ekow Assifuah, is being investigated for posting on his Facebook timeline on Wednesday, June 12, that one of the suspects identified as only as Seidu, is a close associate of a businessman, Ibrahim Mahama.
Police invited him yesterday, following an official complaint lodged by Mr Mahama, who is also the brother of former president John Dramani Mahama.
Police sources close to Ibrahim Mahama revealed to The Herald, he filed the complaint at the Greater Accra Regional Police Command.
He was subsequently summoned by the police which he obliged. At the police station he begged to be given up till Monday, to come along with his lawyers to answer to the issues. Police sources, indicate he looked bewailed and dejected, and almost drawn to tears.
Although, the post is no longer on Mr Assifuah’s timeline, the businessman, is believed to be hurt by the comment and wants him dealt with by law.
Bailen Chitty and Lauren Patricia Catherine went missing on June 4, 2019, after four men bundled them into a red Toyota Corolla car at the entrance of their private hostel at Nhyiaeso in Kumasi.
Their captors held them under unhygienic conditions in a two-bedroom apartment located at a settlement at Kenyasi-Achiase in the Ashanti Region capital, Kumasi.
The semi-completed building is outgrown with weeds and appears to have been unoccupied long before the kidnapped ladies were taken there.
Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footage of the scene, is said to have led to arrest of ten people in separate operations at Sawaba in Asokore Mampong Municipality and Kenyasi-Achiase, leading to the rescue of the women.
Meanwhile, the Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi, says the Akufo-Addo government, has failed in its pre-election promise to make Ghana a safer country in the wake of the recent kidnapping cases.
Sammy Gyamfi, said at a press conference yesterday that, “Ghana’s security is in complete shambles and tatters.”
His remarks come after the two Canadian women, were rescued after they were kidnapped last week in Kumasi.
The chairman of NDC, was also briefly detained by police on Tuesday, as a suspect in the recent kidnapping case.
The NDC comments, will be viewed as milking political capital from the insecurity, but the opposition party insists that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is also guilty of this.
“It goes without saying, that when it comes to the issue of politicizing security, President Akufo-Addo and his NPP are kingpins in this enterprise, as they virtually blamed President Mahama and the NDC for everything under the sun whilst in opposition. They peddled a lot of falsehood about the Mahama administration all because of power, and promised to make Ghana safer and more secure than the NDC was doing.”
“The Akufo-Addo government has superintended over the pathetic nosediving of our security, through the formation, training and encouragement of vigilante groups, members of which have now become Frankenstein monsters devouring innocent citizens.”
The NDC, also alleged at the press conference that the NPP, rather had a hand in the kidnappings.
“It is scary to reveal, that the kidnapping of the Canadian girls, which has shocked our nation as the latest in the rising spate of kidnappings in Ghana, was largely orchestrated by hoodlums and bandits, who are key and active members of militia groups of the New Patriotic Party (NPP),” Sammy Gyamfi added.
Find below some excerpts from the NDC statement
The ringleader of this syndicate, who goes by the name SEIDU YAKUBU (aka Mba), has identified himself as a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Speaking on Kumasi-based Fox FM, Seidu, openly declared that he is a known member of the New Patriotic Party, and in fact, the Founder of the Aboabo Fun Club of the NPP. This evidence is incontrovertible proof of Seidu’s membership of the NPP.
Seidu’s association with the NPP is more than meets the eye. He is alleged to be the personal bodyguard of the Asokore Mampong MCE, Alhaji Alidu Seidu, and an errand boy for both Manhyia South MP, Mathew Opoku Prempeh and Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi-Bosiako (aka Wontumi).
As we can all testify in the Group picture of the kidnappers making the rounds, Seidu, is seen in a strangely relaxed and unflustered manner as to suggest he is not bothered because of his influence in the NPP. In fact, some NPP leaders, have openly confessed their association with Seidu.
Another suspect, one Abdul Rahman, aka ‘Wofa’, has been identified as the owner of the car that was used for the operation. He is a resident of Sawaba and a known operative of the NPP. He is always in the company of Seidu.
In fact, the Daily Guide, a pro-NPP newspaper in a story published today, accompanied with a picture of Abdul Rahman, has confirmed that he is a member of the kidnapping gang.
We have also identified a third suspect, called Sadat Oboe, who spotted a red sweater in the pictures that have been circulated. He is a motorcycle dealer, and a known member of the NPP’s Delta Forces in the Asawase Constituency. In fact, he is always in the company of Seidu Mba.
A fourth suspect identified as Safianau Alokere, could be seen wearing dreadlocks (Rasta hair) and limping on one of his legs. Safianu Alokere, is a well known NPP man, and a motorcycle mechanic. His limping condition was occasioned by an accident resulting from leading a convoy of then Candidate Akufo-Addo in the 2008 electioneering campaign.
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, we have amply demonstrated to you, that the ringleader and masterminds of the nefarious kidnapping of the two Canadian girls are not ordinary criminals. These are party thugs associated with the New Patriotic Party vigilante group, Delta Forces in the Ashanti Region.
We in the NDC, have always maintained that the phenomenon of political party vigilantes, could have the potential of a tailspin into full-blown violent crime. This is because, criminals will always remain criminals, irrespective of whether they are clothed in party colours or not.
The devil will always find work for the idle hands, and after using these thugs for the purposes of winning elections, President Akufo-Addo and the NPP, have abandoned them to fend for themselves. In their quest for survival in these difficult times, resorting to kidnapping, has become a lucrative venture for them.
Indeed, today, the world has seen the true character of President Akufo-Addo and the NPP. They are reaping the fruits of the evil seed they planted. Their evil agenda against the NDC and its National Chairman has backfired terribly. We now know who the real kidnappers are, and the political party they belong to and work for.
We urge all Ghanaians to continue to remember our nation in prayer at this difficult time. May God deliver us from oppressive and treacherous rule.
Thank you for coming.
National Communication Officer, NDC.
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