With barely six months to the November polls, the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, requesting to know the outcome of investigations into a raid at its headquarters in 2015.
On November 23, 2015, a group of armed persons allegedly in military uniform, ransacked the headquarters and the Kokomlemle offices of the party, and made away with some items including some supposed weapons.
Some 11 people were arrested for their alleged involvement in the dawn raid, after which a man claiming to be a member of the NPP, confessed to leading other supporters to the office, merely to express their frustrations about goings on in the party.
His story was however discredited by the party, which partly accused state security operatives of being behind the attack. It’s been six months since the incident, but nothing substantive has been communicated from the police on its investigations into the matter. In a letter dated May 30, 2016 to the IGP, the acting General Secretary of the NPP John Boadu said, “We would like to know the extent of work done on the criminal aspect of the raid.”
“Our lawyer in-charge of the case informs us that, the attitude of the Police in finding lasting solution to this matter has been lukewarm. We are as per this letter asking for the status of the said incident for prompt decision and action.”
Below is the NPP’s full letter:
THE IGP GHANA
POLICE SERVICE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
ACCRA MAY 30, 2016
STATUS OF THE DAWN RAID OF OUR OFFICES IN ASYLUM DOWN AND KOKOMLEMLE
On Monday, November 23, 2015, some armed persons in Military uniform stormed and raided the Offices of the New Patriotic Party in both Asylum Down and Kokomlemle.
Four days after, the Party held a Press Conference and made known the findings of our own internal investigations. We asked pertinent questions that bothers on the Police Official Vehicle used, the Military Uniform and the AK-47 weapon.
The Police in their response informed us that they will conduct a forensic search on the weapon and get back to us as early as possible. We will like to know the extent of work done on the criminal aspect of the raid. Our lawyer in-charge of the case informs us that, the attitude of the Police in finding lasting solution to this matter has been lukewarm.
We are as per this letter asking for the status of the said incident for prompt decision and action. Waiting for your immediate response.
JOHN BOADU GENERAL SECRETARY (AG) –