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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

NPP bleats over arrest of volta supporters

By Bismark Bebli

A LEADING Member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Boakye Agyarko has criticized the Mills’ administration over recent developments in the country, which he claims is synonymous to events that preceded the kidnapping of people and murder of judges some years back.

“What is the difference between the kidnapping of people and the murder of judges in those days, and what is happening now under this regime? There is no difference at all and we should be careful that we don’t return the nation into those dark days. I advice President Mills not to allow these things to happen,” he noted.

To him, the seizure of cars and arrest of NPP officials, all in the name of National Security, and subjecting people to severe beatings, raises a lot of concern and it must be critically looked into, to avoid reprisals’.

The NPP guru was speaking in an interview with this paper on a report that some three NPP officials in South Tongu Constituency of the party in the Volta region have been arrested over alleged forgery.

Mr. Agyarko, who contested the NPP presidential primaries and lost to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, claimed he was scandalized when he heard the news that the NPP executives were arrested. “I am scandalized that this nation, after tremendous progress being made to bring the nation on track after the era of the dark days, for some people to now sends the country back again.”

To him, NPP would not sit down unconcerned to allow the nation to degenerate into what he referred to as ‘the dark days’, when individuals were arrested and murdered in cold blood. “We would not accept any kind of arrest without preferred charges. Anything untoward would mean that the nation is going back into the dark days.”

Mr. Agyarko alleged that the NPP executives were arrested by members of the NDC, under the guise of coming from the National Security, adding that their ‘modus operandi’ was an affront to the nation’s constitution.

Mr. Agyarko, who was very instrumental in the recent amendments of the NPP constitution, appealed to both President Mills and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to act swiftly on the matter.

“President Mills knows the law very well and he ought to firmly make it clear that he would not tolerate such actions. He must demonstrate that his sense of decency does not accept such a thing. He must send clear signals to those taking the laws into their hands, that if they are caught in any act of kidnapping, the law will deal with them,” he intoned.

To the IGP, Mr. Paul Tawiah Quaye, he said, “The IGP has immediate responsibility to protect the citizenry. He must act vigorously on this matter. He should not allow this society to degenerate into vigilante justice and self preservation, else we cease to be a society under rule of law.

He continued, “It behooves on the IGP to investigate the matter and take swift remedial measures. It is not acceptable in the society.”


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