The police administration has cautioned jubilant supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who have gone on rampage and attacked NDC supporters to desist from acts that will violate the rights of other people.
“It has come to the attention of the Police that some people are attacking supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in various parts of the country.
“The Police are calling on the general public, especially, supporters of the NPP to desist from engaging in any acts that will violate the rights of other people and also breach the peace prevailing in the country after the polls,” a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Supt Cephas Arthur, said
The statement entreated the party’s supporters in jubilant mood to go about their celebration in moderation.
“The Police Administration wishes to caution those who are engaging in acts of vandalism to desist, as Police officers who have been deployed to maintain law and order will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute those who break the laws of the land,” the statement said.
In a related development, President John Dramani Mahama has expressed disappointment at the inability or unwillingness of the leadership of the NPP to call its rampaging supporters to order, following the series of attacks on innocent citizens and supporters of the ruling NDC.
Some supporters of the NPP have also attacked Government installations across the country, a statement issued and copied to The Ghanaian Times by the Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah said.
Consequently, the statement added that President Mahama has accordingly directed the security agencies to deploy across the country and arrest any person(s) caught vandalising Government property or attacking innocent Ghanaians.
The NDC has also issued a similar statement calling on the leadership of the NPP and President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to call on their supporters to desist from the attacks and contribute to building a more stable democracy.
A statement issued by the Party signed by Kofi Adams, the National Organizer copied to The Ghanaian Times said following the Electoral Commission’s declaration of the results of the 2016 Presidential Elections, “we have received several reports of unprovoked physical attacks on supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), across the country.”
“These attacks are nothing more than situations that can only create chaos should the attacked also decide to defend themselves,” it added.
“While urging the Security Agencies to move in and protect life and property, we believe that our political parties must be interested in promoting political tolerance among our members,” the statement said.
“The NPP and its supporters must play their part to help deepen national peace and security,” the statement said.
By Times Reporter