burnt cars

Some of the burnt cars belonging to staff of Radio Justice, Tamale

Irate youth of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) yesterday morning attacked Tamale-based Radio Justice, an affiliate of the Multimedia Group, burning down three vehicles and five motorbikes belonging to the staff.

The youth, it was gathered, besieged the radio station demanding the head of a New Patriotic Party (NPP) panellist on the show for comments he was said to have made.

Their request was turned down by management of the station, because it suspected the youth wanted to lynch the NPP man, who was speaking about Monday?s murder at Aboabo, a suburb of Kumasi.

Angered by the refusal of the management, the NDC youth went on rampage, setting the property ablaze on the ground floor of the station occupied by Bayport Financial Services.

The timely intervention of personnel of the Ghana National Fires Service (GNFS) saved the situation and prevented the fire from further destroying other properties.

The station has since been closed down following damages done to some of the cables, but management has indicated that it would resume transmission when certain the anomalies have been rectified.

Fear

The Tamale Central Deputy Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, Ahmed Faisal, who escaped the attack at the radio station, was still living in fear as at press time yesterday.

King Faisal, as he is popularly called, told DAILY GUIDE that he was in the studio with four others ? including the host of the programme ? and three other colleague panellists from the NDC, People?s National Congress (PNC) and the Convention People?s Party (CPP) when the issue of the killing of an NDC youth at Aboabo the previous day came up for discussion.

?So because of that I said maybe they may also try and revenge because the guy they killed yesterday was from Aboabo,? he narrated, adding that ?because Radio Justice is in Lamashegu, they may also want to revenge.?

A few minutes after he had finished making his submission, Faisal said he saw someone frantically moving up and down outside the studio trying to make calls.

There and then, he said he had a premonition that his life could be in danger and therefore alerted the producer of the programme, who led him to the conference room of the radio station.

That was when Faisal said they realized the youth were massing up on the premises of the station.

According to him, he asked the producer and managers of the station to call in the police to escort him from the premises ?because they said they wanted to kill King Faisal and the staff of Radio Justice.? The producer and the station manager were then said to have called in the police.

The Action

Even before the police could arrive at the station, the NPP man said the angry youth had started throwing stones, breaking louver blades and sliding glasses at the offices.

At this point, he said the manager of the radio station had to go and hide him in his office to prevent the angry mob from laying hands on him.

Rescue

Faisal said his only luck was the timely arrival of a combined team of military and Fire Service personnel whose presence enabled him to come out.

Meanwhile, tension is building up within the Tamale Metropolis with reports of various youth groups arming themselves to the teeth for reprisal attacks, following the murder of two young men in two separate incidents at Sagnerigu and Aboabo, both suburbs of Tamale.

Mohammed Nasir, according to reports, was shot on Saturday at close range by some unknown assailants wearing masks at Sagnarigu, while on his way to visit a friend.

Hours later, reports indicated that one Mustapha Abdul Rashid, a vulcanizer, had been lynched close to the Aboabo Timber Market ? also by some unknown persons.

From Stephen Zoure, Tamale & Charles Takyi-Boadu

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