NPP raiders granted bail

•   The suspects who raided the offices of the NPP being taken away from the court premises after  their  bail.             Photo:  Michael Ayeh

• The suspects who raided the offices of the NPP being taken away from the court premises after their bail. Photo: Michael Ayeh

An Accra Circuit court yesterday granted bail to eleven people alleged to have ransacked the Headquarters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) at dawn Monday.

They are, Bismark Osie Danso, Ali Iddris, Razak Ebenezer Aduful, Abdulai Wudu, Kwame Adu Annan, Nii Teiko Ayi-Bontey, Michael Agoha, Shamzu Dinni, Obed Yawson, Rakia Ali Mohammed and Ben Okyere.

This was after the counsel for the defence; Abdul Aziz Mohammed had prayed the court for bail.

In his submission, Ali Mohammed said the accused were party members, who went to the headquarters with the intention of meeting the executives early in the morning, to discuss unity in their quest to bring every feuding faction on board for the 2016 general elections.

He said that his clients were not there to ransack the office but to prevail on the elders of the party to ensure peace.

According to him they would assist with investigations when granted bail.

Consequently, the court presided over by Abena Oppong Adjin Doku upheld the plea and admitted them to a bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 each with two sureties.

The judge ordered them to sign and execute a bond of good behavior or in default erve an imprisonment term of three months.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges of unlawful entry, and entering the office for unlawful purpose.

According to the prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police, (DSP) Ibraham Annor, the police acted on information at about 2:30 am that some soldiers had invaded the headquarters of the NPP, at Asylum Down in Accra, causing damage to property.

He said the police rushed to the scene and one of the accused, Bismark Osei Danso, a retired soldier, together with 10 others wearing red T-shirts with the inscription “united Patriot” were arrested and sent to the Accra Regional Office and subsequently to the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

DSP Annor revealed that during investigations and in their caution statements, Bismark Danso stated that he mobilised eight other retired military men living at Kakasonanka near Michel Camp and dressed them in Military Uniforms and went with them to the NPP head office.

DSP Annor stated that the retired soldiers had picked up information that the “invisible forces” manning the security of the headquarters wielded weapons and had to disarm them before they organised a peaceful meeting with the executives and the suspended chairman, Paul Afoko.

The prosecutor said, in addition to the ex-servicemen, they mobilised 480 party supporters from the 10 regions of the country to support their press conference after the meeting.

However, DSP Annor, noted that after they got to the Headquarters, the retired soldiers took the invisible forces hostage and locked them up in the security room, entered the premises and returned with three SMG guns loaded with 36 live ammunitions and three machetes.

They then informed the caretakers and the security at the head office that they found the weapons near the generating set behind the building.

The retired soldiers then said a member of the invincible force, Moro Sulemana, was the custodian of the weapon.

However, the security man denied ownership of the weapons, which the police were still investigating.

The prosecution stated that an alleged member of the invisible forces, Sulemana accused of owning the weapons in his caution statement, denied the allegations, saying he is a porter, who only went to the headquarters of the party to sleep during the night.

DSP Annor said that the accused had failed to corporate with the police to trace the alleged soldiers.

Sullemana added in his statement that, later in the night, three buses loaded with youth in red T-shirt arrived at the headquarters, and immediately vandalised property.

He said, the retired soldiers left for the NPP headquarters annex at Kokomlemle to continue their vandalism, destroyed the doors downstairs and took away valuable documents.

The case was adjourned to December 8.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme       

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