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General News of Sunday, 8 April 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

One more arrested over attack on Eric Opoku

Police in the Eastern Region have arrested one more person in connection with the attack on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Asunafo South Constituency, Eric Opoku and three others last Sunday.

This brings the number of suspects arrested so far to three.

Some unknown men allegedly attacked the residence of Eric Opoku and three others believed to be NDC supporters and vandalized some of his properties.
The Director-General of Public Affairs at the Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu, told Citi News the suspects are in prison custody and will be arraigned later this week.

“They are in custody, and they will be appearing before the court on Tuesday. Eyewitness have indicated that there were more than ten people involved in that attack on the patrol team before they went on to attack the house. We are compiling the list, and if we can get them, they will face the full rigours of the law,” ACP Eklu said.

The attack on the NDC MP is suspected to have some partisan motivations with some believing the assailants had New Patriotic Party (NPP) ties.

But the attack has been condemned by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the constituency.

The party in a statement signed by the Communications Director of the NPP in the constituency, Nana Adusei Opoku, also urged the Police to bring the perpetrators to book regardless of their party affiliation.

“The NPP in Asunafo South does not support some of these things. In fact, we were the persons who spoke against some these obnoxious acts when we were in opposition,” he told Citi News.

“We solidarize with our MP even though he belongs to the other side of the political divide; we think that some of these things do not help the constituency to move forward. Crime has no colour and you being an NPP member doesn’t exonerate you from the courts if you are found to be the culprit of a crime. So if it happens that some of our members are behind this thing, the police should take over, and the courts will deal with them,” Nana Adusei Opoku stressed.