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General News of Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Source: citifmonline

NPP youth demonstrate in Tamale


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Members of a group called the “Concerned Elephants Youth Association” of opposition NPP in Tamale on Tuesday September 28 defied a heavy downpour and hit some principal streets in the business capital city of Tamale in protest against what they described as the unlawful arrest and detention of their members.

The protestors in a petition presented to the Northern Regional Coordinating Council for President J.EA Mills captured Yahuza Yakubu, Abibu Dagbana, Majeed Alhassan, Alhassan Sayibu and Imoro Gundaana as those unlawful detainees whose human rights have been infringed upon.

They held placards with inscriptions such as “Atta Mills where is the father for all slogan,” “No justice no peace” “We need equal justice” among other nagging concerns that were geared towards the government for immediate response.

Mohammed Polo, one of the leaders asserted that the continuous detention of their brethren was politically motivated and lambasted the investigators, prosecutors and the court handling their case for allowing the NDC functionaries in Tamale to manipulate their functions.

He described that move as a calculated attempt aimed at intimidating and silencing NPP youth in the Tamale metropolis towards election 2012.

Mohammed Polo explained circumstances that led to their arrest and warned that such act will no longer be tolerated if it continuous unabated.

Yahuza Yakubu, Abibu Dagbana, Majeed Alhassan, Alhassan Sayibu and Imoro Gundaana were arrested aftermath a political clash between NPP and NDC youth in front of the old butchers’ house at the Tamale Central Market on February 17, 2009.

In addition 27 houses including cars, motorbikes and other valuables were burnt in Gumbihini, Choggu and other surrounding communities in the Tamale metropolis.

In a related development, staff of Ghana Cotton Company Limited in Tamale declared their intention to demonstrate on Wednesday September 29 against government and the management of the company over certain issues affecting their living conditions.

Mr. Aboagye, one of the aggrieved workers disclosed that staff of the company numbering about 350 have been underpaid their nine years salaries.

He said about 13 drivers of the company have being transferred from Tamale to Bolgatanga as a result of an earlier protest in 2009.

The demonstrators begun the one hour long protest at the Kandaha base in Aboabo and passed through the Picorna Hotel road to the main Taxi Rank and finally converged at the fourcourt of the Regional Cordinating Council where they presented a petition to government.

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