NPP and NDC flags

NPP and NDC flags

About 10 rampaging hoodlums of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Jacobu in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti region on Sunday night took over the farming community as they subjected activists of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to severe beatings.

The violent act, which threatened the security of the area, was committed shortly after the Electoral Commission (EC) declared John Dramani Mahama as the president-elect in the December 7 polls.

Calling for the blood of NPP members, the NDC thugs who were dressed in military apparel mercilessly assaulted and vandalized property belonging to the victims.

The NDC gangsters were said to have gone berserk and attacked jubilant NPP supporters who were celebrating the victory of their parliamentary candidate for Odotobiri constituency seat to the chagrin of the District Chief Executive (DCE).

Robert Bennett Forkuoh, the DCE who stood on the ticket of the NDC, lost to the NPP candidate, Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi after securing 6,226, votes, representing 17.68 percent.

One of the victims, Kwasi Fosu Appiah, who doubles as the NPP Constituency Youth Organizer, said the alleged ?NDC hoodlums were authorized to visit mayhem on them by the DCE known for his bullying tactics.?

The illicit conduct of the rampaging NDC youth left a number of NPP supporters with various degrees of injuries.

?Prince Gyimah, an NPP activist, suffered a broken arm and bruises while Joyce Owusu Ansah was hit in the head with a stone thrown by one K.B., a known NDC activist at Jacobu-Patase, said the NPP Constituency Secretary, Edward Kwame Annin.

According to him, the gang was led in the attack by Yaw Frank aka Aboosie, another activist of the NDC with support from Kofi Abrie.

Kwame Annin, former DCE for the area, said the incident happened around 10pm soon after the declaration of the presidential results by the chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan.

The NPP supporters claimed they converged in front of the Odotobiri Rural Bank to listen to the words of encouragement from the Constituency Youth Organizer, Fosu Appiah when the NDC thugs emerged and launched the attack on them with ?shockers and whips?.

Appiah was dragged on the ground by the unruly thugs who kicked and hit him with their fists, legs and whips and accused him of organizing the celebration.

A detective police officer, who was standing close by, assisted Fosu to free himself, but he sustained bruises and swells.

They earlier travelled to the NPP Constituency Chairman, Philip Kwadwo Kyei?s house with the view of subjecting him to beatings and torture.

They then moved to the street to vandalize the shop of another NPP activist by name Akua Serwaa after assaulting her.

DSP Fredua Agyemang, Jacobu District Police Commander, confirmed the incident to DAILY GUIDE at his office on Monday.

According to him, the case was under police investigation as the suspects remained unidentified.

He disclosed that the commander of the military team deployed to the area to assist the police in maintaining law and order had retrieved the military apparel used by the suspects.

The DCE, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, denied any involvement in the attack, asking the police to go after the culprits.

According to him, the allegations were meant to discredit him, intimating that that was not the first time he had suffered such attacks.

Meanwhile, the Mankranso District Police Command has deployed security men to the Adujama community to undertake patrol exercise following an attack on a cocoa clerk, who is said to be an activist of the NPP.

ASP Vitus Napen, who confirmed the incident, told DAILY GUIDE that calm had returned to the place.

According to him, the police did not have any information to suggest the victim was an NPP activist and added that they intend to get to the bottom of the matter.

FROM Ernest Kofi Adu, Jacobu-Ash.

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