NPP raiders for court

The 12 people arrested in connection with the raid at the headquarters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Accra, will be put before an Accra Magistrate’s Court today.

They have been charged for causing damage, possessing of weapon without authority and being at the premises without authority.

A source at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday.

The Ghanaian Times yesterday published that the headquarters of the NPP was ransacked and vandalised by unknown men, who were allegedly escorted by six uniformed military men.

The police declared the party headquarters a crime scene and the place was cordoned off. Visitors, party members, non essential staff and the general public were prevented from entering the place.

At the time The Ghanaian Times got to the scene, two police armoured vehicles were stationed at the main entrance of the ransacked-building and eight patrol vehicles were parked in and around the enclave to maintain law and order.

Some sympathisers and the NPP private security ‘The Invincible Forces’, who stormed the premises to have a first-hand information about the development waited at the gate anxiously.

The NPP General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong, who arrived at the office, was booed by some party supporters, who tried to vandalise his car, a move which was foiled by the police.

High profile party members, including Anthony Karbo, George Andah, John Boadu and Ursula Owusu, were all at the premises to calm the nerves of the angry supporters.

The assailants, stormed the building in the early hours of Monday, according to the acting National Chairman of the NPP, Freddy Blay.

He said the raiders held security officers at gunpoint, entered the office and came out with a sack which contained four AK 47 guns.

Addressing journalists at about 9 a.m. yesterday, Mr. Blay said more than 20 people, dressed in red T-shirts, were in the company of the men who were dressed in military uniform, to perpetuate the crime.

He said the party hierarchy had officially lodged a complaint with the police, and was expecting a thorough investigations.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu in an interview with The Ghanaian Times called on the rank and file of the party to commit themselves to a resounding victory in the 2016 general election.

She said the happenings in the NPP were challenges which when overcome, would ensure victory for the party at the polls.

The NPP has been in the news for the bad reasons since the new party executives took over the administration over a year ago, but the rancour reached its pinnacle after the substantive National Chairman, Paul Afoko, was suspended by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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