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A group calling itself Coalition of Youth for positive national development (CYPOND) has bemoaned the increasing trend of security tension ahead of this year’s general elections, especially when acts violence has been perpetuated against certain political figures in the country.

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The group in a statement citing instances of weapon discoveries in the country said, the country’s security agencies must be on high alert now more than ever to forestall any intended security disturbances. The group alleges that the unresolved tension within the ranks of Ghana’s main opposition NPP in relation to some weapons that were discovered at the party’s head office leaves much to be desire.

“We also would wish to appeal to the security agencies to clear the cloud of ambiguity and darkness that has engulfed the weapons discovered at the NPP’S head office as well as the dozens of firearms and ammunition retrieved from Alaba in Kumasi and at Aflao respectively. “.

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CYPOND how ever urged that the security agencies in the country must make use of all its powers in ensuring a safe and sound Ghana before, during and after the elections, especially when it comes to prosecuting people involved in any form of activities that has the potential to spark violence.

“We equally entreat them to exhibit a high level of transparency and professionalism, while making no compromises at punishing persons found culpable as deterrents to potential miscreants”.

Read the Full statement below.

COALITION OF YOUTH FOR POSITIVE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CYPOND)
A PRESS STATEMENT ON THE RISING SECURITY CONCERNS AHEAD OF 2016 GENERAL ELECTIONS
6TH JANUARY, 2016.

CYPOND sends her heartfelt greetings to all Ghanaians as we all keep engrossed in the joy of successfully ending a calendar year, while anticipating a fruitful 2016 ahead of us.

Our attention has been drawn to recent activities making headline news in the media, which sends shivers down the spines of many concerned Ghanaian youth as these unpalatable headlines, bothers on national security and the stability of our peace and democracy.

It would be recalled that earlier last month, a security raid in Kumasi struck a jaw dropping revelation in which offensive weapons including eleven(11) AK 47 riffles, four (4) G3 assault rifles, handguns, a light machine gun, as well as large quantities of assorted ammunitions were confiscated from individuals who possessed them possibly for nefarious reasons.

Again, it will be recalled that not a long while ago on 23rd November, 2015, an alleged invasion at the NPP head office at Asylum Down in Accra also revealed a hidden pack of sophisticated guns that were concealed from the Ghanaian public.

The deafening silence that has engulfed the whole atmosphere with regards to why a political party should conceal weapons in their head office still smacks unmeasured bewilderment among us, whilst dozens of questions are still yelling for answers.

Further revelation on the proliferation of arms reached its crescendo on Monday 28th December, 2015 when it was reported that immigration officials in Ghana’s South Eastern Border of Aflao had impounded a truck carrying about a million pieces of short gun cartridges.

More worrying is the fact that, the carriers of such a dangerous quantum of cartridges are on the run whilst records indicate that, same vehicle has made six successful previous entries into the country through the same border.

We commend the various security services for a gracious effort at nipping the tide in the bud. We however admonish them to keep a high level of alertness, taking cognizance of reports on increased terrorism with pockets of political violence in the West African Sub-Region.

We equally entreat them to exhibit a high level of transparency and professionalism, while making no compromises at punishing persons found culpable as deterrents to potential miscreants.

With about eleven (11) months to our country’s general elections, we are making a clarion call on all political parties, our teeming youth and more especially, our security agencies not to be oblivious of the admonishment made by Isaac Stettinus that, “the battle for peace and security must be fought on two fronts, where victory in the first front spells freedom from fear and victory in the second front spells freedom from want.”

Whilst we applaud government and our citizens for significant strides chalked so far on both fronts, we all should be mindful that, we are all stakeholders in sustaining our peace and tranquility.

Ladies and gentlemen, without any iota of prejudice or malice, we wish to passionately appeal to all players in the forth coming general elections to cast out pockets of violence within their jurisdictions. We also passionately appeal to our law enforcement agencies to weed out traces of politically inclined vigilante groups such as the Azorka boys, Bolgatanga bull dogs and the much dreaded invincible forces at the NPP’s head office.

We equally entreat the security agencies to be proactive at disarming and prosecuting all individuals and groups who carry weapons and ammunitions without legitimate authorization.

It is significant to conclude today’s encounter by making a passionate appeal to all Ghanaian youth to resist being used by any unscrupulous persons to met out violence for the whims and caprices of such persons.

We also would wish to appeal to the security agencies to clear the cloud of ambiguity and darkness that has engulfed the weapons discovered at the NPP’S head office as well as the dozens of firearms and ammunition retrieved from Alaba in Kumasi and at Aflao respectively.

It is equally very necessary that, the leadership of the NPP clears the air on why firearms were harbored at their head office.

We passionately appeal to all players within Ghana’s political landscape, to show enough commitment at sustaining the peace and harmony of the country before, during and after the 2016 elections.

Wishing all Ghanaians a prosperous new year with increased blessing.

Long live mother Ghana….

Thank you.

…….Signed…….
Puo-ire Prosper
(Convener)

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