Bugri Naabu,Owusu Bempa summoned over comments

Owusu Bempah...The Ghana Police Service has invited the Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bugri Naabu over his recent comments. The regional chairman was reported to have called on members of the party to chase and beat people who would attempt snatching ballot boxes on election day.

The police has also invited Bishop Owusu Bempa, founder of the Glorious Word and Power Ministry, to brief the service on claims that some politicians were planning to kill the NPP’s presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

Commissioner of Police (COP) Christian Tetteh Yohunu, Director of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, in an interview with The Ghanaian Times in Kumasi yesterday, said the two men should, report to the police by close of today.

While the NPP Northern Regional Chairman is expected to report to the Northern Regional Police Command, Rev. Owusu Bempah is to report at the Greater Accra Regional Criminal Investigation Department for interrogations, COP Yohunu said.

Mr. Bugri Naabu is reported to have charged his party folks to chase, beat and kill, if possible, people, presumably members of the governing NDC, who would attempt to snatch ballot boxes on election day.

Preacher Owusu Bempah, on the other hand, claimed that people close to Nana Akufo Addo were planning to assassinate the presidential candidate in an attempt to deny him the presidency.

He was reported in the Daily Guide issue of October 20, to have stated:”God has revealed to me that some politicians in a political party are conspiring with members in the NPP to shoot Nana (Addo) dead at a campaign tour. The NPP should not take this as a joke, but rather provide tight security around the man.”

According to COP Yohunu, ”such outbursts only create fear and panic among the people ahead of the polls”.

He said the police should be the ones to be briefed on such “revelations” for action to be taken, and not the media space which would further inflame passions among the voters.

According to the police chief, the interest of a group of people should not override the national interest, and if such things were revealed to ‘men of God,’ the police ought to be informed for security to be heightened around the person in question.

COP Yohunu said putting such information into the public space could only incite people sympathetic to the NPP to carry arms in the belief that someone would attempt to attack Nana Akufo Addo for them to respond appropriately.

“Owusu Bempah should have behaved in a more mature manner, knowing very well what the implications of his utterances could do to this country,” he stated.

On Bugri Naabu, he said the police hierarchy would not sit aloof to watch people take the laws into their own hands, at the expense of the larger population.

“Stop beating the war drums and give whatever information you have about crime to the police so that we can work together as a people,” he advised.

COP Yohunu reiterated that the Police Service was alert and “will not leave any stone unturned in its resolve to ensure that the elections are peaceful and incident- free”.

From Julius Yao Petetsi, Kumasi

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