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General News of Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Source: starrfmonline.com

Journalist attacked as Azorka boys rampage in Saboba

A journalist with Saboba-based Radio Gaakii Matias Acop, has been attacked in a street rampage allegedly involving a vigilante group - Azorka Boys - loyal to the Northern Regional chairman of the NDC, Chief Sofo Azorka.

Acop said he was attacked and beaten at a location near Saboba market when he went to witness a clash between supporters of the National Democratic Congress and Mr Joseph Amuzu the party's First Vice chairman in the region who resigned to contest as an Independent candidate.

The regional chairman, according to reports, was in the constituency capital to chair a meeting between the leadership of the NDC party and some disgruntled members when his boys allegedly spun out of control and violently attacked supporters of the Independent candidate.

Reason for the clash remained unclear but the journalist claims the District Chief Executive Adolf Ali who physical engaged in the brawl ordered the Azorka Boys to attack him claiming he filmed the violence.

"It was the DCE Adolf Ali of Saboba ordering people to beat people, so he spotted me and told his boys that beat him and they rushed towards me before I realised I was unconscious", Matias narrated.

He said his mobile phones and other gadgets including a tape recorder were seized and crushed in the attack.

The DCE has, however, denied the claim and before he dropped the line on Starr News, he said: “They can keep on accusing me, I didn't go out for campaign today I only went out when Azorka and co came from the field and I took them to the community centre to take supper.”

The Saboba constituency has remained a flashpoint of political divisions after Mr. Amuzuh dumped the NDC executive position to run as an independent candidate.

He had said elsewhere that the NDC now see him as a credible threat and therefore has initiate vicious measures to discredit him and intimidate his supporters.

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