Sam Pyne addressing a section of the NPP fans that converged on the party office at Bantama

ARMED SOLDIERS in a Military Patrol pickup yesterday morning virtually took over the main street in front of the NPP Ashanti regional office at Bantama where about 300 supporters of the opposition party had converged.

The soldiers were said to have driven slowly on the main street in front of the NPP office.

Their presence in the hitherto peaceful area in the city seemed to have ignited fear and panic among the NPP faithful present as some of them ran for cover, DAILY GUIDE was told.

The NPP supporters were clad in their party colours with red bands on their heads and other parts of their body to display their fury over what they termed as the unlawful arrest of party stalwart Kenndey Agyapong in Accra.

Minutes after the NPP fans drawn from different parts of the city had arrived at the place, the military vehicles loaded with soldiers also emerged at the scene.

Though the soldiers did not stop the car, the slow place at which the car was being driven, with the military men openly showing their different types of rifles, instantly sent shivers down the spine of the NPP fans.

The military pickup patrolled the street in front of the NPP office for some minutes before finally exiting the scene around 10:30am after some radio stations in the city had announced the invasion of the NPP office by some military personnel.

Speaking with DAILY GUIDE, the Ashanti regional organizer of the NPP, Kennedy Kankam, said he was surprised about the presence of the military car surveying the area at that time, noting he had not witnessed such a thing in the area before.

According to him, he became terrified and at a point feared that something nasty might occur when the NPP supporters present started singing war songs, with the soldiers’ car also being driven at a tortoise’s pace.

Kankam said the NPP did nothing illegal which should warrant the presence of soldiers.

Asked what the NPP supporters were doing at the place at that time, Kankam said as early as 6am, some dyed-in-the-wool members of the NPP, numbering about 300, stormed the party office to ask what the region was doing about the arrest of Kennedy Agyapong.

He said the NPP faithful also enquired about what the party in the region, which is the NPP’s strong hold in the country, was doing about the chaos and disturbances that had characterized the registration exercise in some parts of the region.

Kankam said the Ashanti regional scribe of the NPP, Sam Pyne, was in the course of calming down the NPP supporters to return to their homes and allow the law to work when the soldiers arrived.

He asked whether it was wrong for the NPP supporters to visit their own party office, insisting that the sudden emergence of the soldiers at the place to put fear and panic in them was unfortunate and should never be repeated.

On his part, Sam Pyne said he urged the NPP fans that thronged the place not to do anything untoward but should rather register to help the party unseat the NDC and restore Ghana back to the path of prosperity.

On the Kennedy Agyapong arrest, he said the party hierarchy in Accra was meeting about the matter and would soon come out with a statement; therefore no NPP member should do anything untoward in the name of the party.

Mr. Pyne said he was not surprised about the presence of the military car that patrolled the street that morning, insisting that he had information a day earlier that both the military and police were planning to respond harshly to any action that the NPP supporters in the region would take in reaction to the arrest of Kennedy Agyapong.

 FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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