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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

NDC Thugs Arrested Over weapons smuggling

By Daily Guide - Daily Guide

Where did they get weapons?
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Two persons believed to be members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) have been arrested by security details in Chereponi when they tried to smuggle weapons into the town.

Abdulai Mohammed, 27, and Alhassan Yakubu, 32, also in possession of military bayonets, were arrested at a security check point and transferred to Tamale awaiting prosecution.

The Northern Regional Police Commander, ACP Awuni Angwubutoge had earlier cracked the whip when he ordered that all vehicles irrespective of who were onboard, should be subjected to thorough search to fish out weapons.

He also stamped his authority by refusing to allow entry to unaccredited persons to the area, saying that it was part of measures to curb reprisals in the constituency.

This did not go down well with members of the NDC who were trying to transport Metro Mass Transit and Mercedes Benz busloads of hoodlums to the constituency.

The thugs who moved towards the town were denied entry by stern-looking policemen at the check point who warned them to return or face their wrath.

Though fuming with rage, they complied with the order.

The Police boss himself ordered the erection of barricades to prevent access to the town by unauthorized persons.

His decision met with the stiff resistance of the Regional Minister who tried to talk him down but he indicated that at the peril of his job, he was ready to do the right thing.

His stance infuriated the minister who nearly exchanged blows with an Other Rank of the Police Service after he had stopped one of the NDC vehicles for a routine check.

Mr. Nayini, the minister, out of anger, instructed the policeman to be locked up but the Regional Police Commander asked that his statement be rather taken after which he should return to his duty post.

ACP Awuni's current action confirms his earlier warning that he would not tolerate any interference from anybody or group in his official duties in the region.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that but for the strict position of the Regional Police Commander and his presence on the day of voting yesterday, the political climate would have turned bloody.

An earlier shooting incident injured 12 persons.
Mr. Awuni made good his earlier promise of staying in Chereponi throughout the electoral exercise.

Sources close to DAILY GUIDE indicated that both parties armed themselves to the teeth for retaliatory attacks soon after the Sunday bloodshed.

This gained credence when the MP for Jirapa, Dr. Francis Bawana Darkora, while his vehicle was being searched, said NPP was lucky the Police was acting professionally, asking, “Is it now that they know the importance of the Police. Why didn't they ask for police assistance on Sunday?”

Meanwhile voting started a bit late at some of the polling stations as a result of a heavy downpour the previous night. Voters voted in temporary booths at the Evangelical Presbyterian School and Chereponi Senior High School polling stations.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that voting began 30 minutes late as a result of the downpour. Others however defied the rain and voted peacefully under umbrellas.

But for the presence of bussed thugs from elsewhere the general conduct of voting was commendable.

From Stephen Zoure, Chereponi

Source: Daily Guide - Daily Guide

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