The Bolgatanga municipality, in the Upper East Region, was thrown into a state of shock and mourning following the death of the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adams Mahama, from an acid attack.
The late Mahama died yesterday morning at the Bolgatanga Central Hospital where he was receiving treatment following the attack on him in front of his house, the previous evening.
The Bolgatanga Police have arrested one of the suspects, Gregory Afoko, and have mounted a search for a second person, popularly known as Alangdi Asabike.
The incident drew a large crowd of people who thronged the Bolgatanga Central Hospital and the family house to commiserate with deceased family.
Briefing The Ghanaian Times, the Upper East Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Thomas Yaw Agbanyo, said Mahama went to supervise his housing project at Tindon Sobligo on Wednesday, and was returning home at about 11:p.m.
He said Mahama stopped in front of his house and just as he was about to alight from his vehicle, the suspects emerged from their hideout.
The suspects, who were allegedly holding a gallon of acid, approached the car and so he decided to roll down the door glass, thinking that they were party members.
The police said suddenly, one of the suspects poured the acid on his body and they sped off.
According to the police, Mahama managed to come out of his car, remove his shirt and then went back into the car and drove to the hospital where he was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of the Bolgatanga Central Hospital, but died later.
The police said, he fell unconscious at a point, and so it was difficult for him to be transported to Tamale to be airlifted to Accra for further treatment.
In a related development, Mr. Osmanu Konkonaba, the second Regional Vice-Chairman of the NPP was also almost lynched near the hospital mortuary by some irate supporters of the NPP as soon as he and two other people arrived at the place.
The driver of the Benz Saloon car, with registration number UE 177 X, they were using, jumped out of the moving vehicle and before its movement could be halted by a tree, the windscreen had been broken into pieces and the car vandalized.
Konkonaba was hit with broken blocks and stones on the head, with blood oozing out.
The Police had to fire warning shots before getting access to escort him to safety for his injury to be attended to.
The reason for the attack could not be ascertained.
Mr. Murtala Mohammed, the First Regional Vice-Chairman, in an interview with The Ghanaian Times, said the sudden and untimely demise of Mr. Mahama had created a big vacuum, which would be very difficult to fill.
“We have really lost a ‘big oak tree’ in the party,” he said.
He said Mahama’s death should rather unite members and supporters of the party to work together for victory in the 2016 general elections.
He extended his condolences to the bereaved family, the National and Regional Executives of the NPP and, indeed, all members, supporters and sympathizers of the party across the country.
“May the soul of our Regional Chairman rest in perfect peace, Amen,” he prayed.
Mr. Mahama left behind a wife and four children, two boys and two girls.
From Ibrahim A. Mohammed, Bolgatanga