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Minority Seeks justice for Victims of Ayawaso West Bye-Election Brutality

The Minority caucus in Parliament on Tuesday morning February 5, walked to the Police Headquarters in search of Justice for their colleague from Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George, and other victims of violence at the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-election.

They had earlier boycotted the swearing-in ceremony of the Member of Parliament elect for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Seyram Alhassan because they did not want to give credence to her victory in the by-election on Thursday, 31 January 2019 which was characterised by violence.

The Minority protested with placards, some of which had the inscription “bloody widow” on it.

The Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka said, the Minority protest was in solidarity with the victims of brutalities and would not be part of the swearing in of the woman whose elections marred with violence and blood shed.

Sam George and some party members of the National Democratic Congress ( NDC) were brutalised by masked men claimed to be from National Security last Thursday during the by-election held at the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.

The known Invisible Forces which have been metamorphosed into the security services were captured on video throwing punches on Sam George at the residence of the NDC’s Parliamentary candidate during the polls.

Other members of the NDC, including its Parliamentary candidate and polling agents were seriously brutalised by the masked men who until today, the police have not made any arrest.

This has incensed the Minority, who immediately announced their pullout from the by-election.

The violence has been worldly condemned and many called for instant identification and prosecution of the men who meted out the brutalities on their members, the Minority said they are yet to receive a favourable response.

The police has been slow in investigation to arrest the perpetrators, that had made the Minority in Parliament to meet the Inspector General of Police at the Police Headquarters to discuss their grievance with him.

The walk was also in solidarity with Sam Nartey George, who was invited by the police to give his statement as victim of brutalities to assist them with investigation.

After covering a distance of approximately 2.23 km, the Minority members said they hope that, the IGP David Asante Apeatu will have answers to the questions they have been asking since last Thursday.
“Government is not acting on any of the videos and is making it look as if it is business as usual, just swear her in and carry on, which is wrong,” the Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak said.

“So we thought to let the IGP know that it has been five clear days and now they are swearing her in, not a single person has been arrested, nothing has been done,” the Minority Chief Whip said.

At the Police Headquarters, Sam George was accompanied to the CID by Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Bernard Ahiafor, James Agalga and Rockson -Nelson Dafeamekpor, as the legal team.

The leadership of the Minority led by James Klutse Avedzi, Mohammed Muntaka Munbarak, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah, among others also met the Director of Operations.
Sam Georg was initially turned down by the Legon Police when he went there to lodge a complain of assault.

At the Police CID Headquarters, the legal team demanded for justice for the victims, for Justice must not be seen to be done but it must manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.
The Minority urged the police to to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book, saying, some of the perpetrators are known and can be seen on the videos circulating on the social media.

Hon Bernard Ahiafor said, the militants are known associate members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government and they should not dare shield them.

Below is a statement released by the Minority after their meeting at the Police Headquarters:

The Minority in Parliament has this morning began a series of democratic actions to protest against the State-sponsored violence and terror that was unleashed on innocent unarmed citizens including our colleague, the Honourable Member for Ningo-Prampram, Mr. Samuel Nartey George during the bloody Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election of January 31, 2019.

It is our strong conviction that violence and State-orchestrated terror has no place in our democratic dispensation.

The preamble of the Constitution of Ghana makes a solemn declaration and affirmation on the ideals that we must commit to – “The protection and preservation of Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms, Unity and Stability for our Nation.”

Ghana has hitherto been a beacon and a reference point in the sub-region for our enviable democratic credentials.

As legislators, we do not only condemn the despicable terror of last Thursday, we are resolved to rise up to our obligations under Article 41 (b) that calls on every citizen – “to uphold and defend this Constitution and the law.”

To this end therefore, we reiterate our refusal to recognise the illegitimate winner of that bloody by-election as declared by the incompetent and complicit Electoral Commission.

In furtherance, we have staged a walkout in order not to give credence nor legitimacy to that bloody election and her subsequent so-called swearing in.

It is our sincere view that the memory of our departed colleague does not deserve this sort of bloody legacy even if Madam Lydia Alhassan and her collaborators think otherwise.

As a sequel to our boycott, we are marching immediately to the Ghana Police Service Headquarters to demand justice. We are outraged that five clear days after the attack on our colleague and other victims which was well captured by the media and same being in wide circulation on social media, not a single arrest of these known bandits have been effected.

We shall continue to demand concrete action no matter how long and how hard our quest shall be.

The Minority holds President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as Commander-in-chief and Chairman of the National Security Council fully responsible for the 31st January bloodbath especially when his Minister of State for National Security, Mr Bryan Acheampong has publicly admitted that National Security under the chairmanship of President Akufo-Addo deployed and supervised the broad daylight barbarism on the very Ghanaians President Akufo-Addo was elected to protect.

The Minority hereby serves notice that we shall roll out series of further actions until a national enquiry is commissioned and until the perpetrators including the masked cowards and bloodthirsty hoodlums are brought to justice.

**Read and issued by the Minority Leadership at the Ghana Police Headquarters today 5th February 2019.**

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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