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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 26 February 2015

Source: GNA

Techiman NDC disappointed in Police over acid case

A National Democratic Congress (NDC) member, Mr. Kwadwo Adjei, has expressed worry that the Techiman Municipal Police have not arrested anybody in connection with the case in which some young men poured acid on a supporter of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the area.

In the 2012 electioneering campaign some unidentified young men allegedly poured acid on Peter Mensah, a former New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s communication’s team member in the Techiman North constituency.

He was flown abroad for plastic surgery.

But in an interview with the GNA Mr. Adjei, a member of the NDC in Techiman said he was shocked that the police had allowed the case to die naturally.

He expressed disappointment that the police in Techiman had not invited one Kwasi Attipoe, a former NDC Techiman North Constituency executive member, who went round local FM stations in the Municipality claiming he knew the suspects who poured the acid on the victim.

“The law must be allowed to operate without political bias”, Mr. Adjei said and appealed to the Inspector General of Police to intervene so that investigations could be re-launched into the crime.

He said that if the suspects were arrested and prosecuted, it would serve as deterrent to like-minded others.

“The leadership of the NDC ought to be bold enough and allow the law to take its course on offenders by refraining from unnecessary interference”, Mr. Adjei said.

He said “violent and indiscipline NDC supporters whose activities bring the Party into reproach and disrepute must not be entertained”.

“We should not allow people to hide under the NDC, commit heinous crimes and allowed to go free. If we don’t expose these few miscreants they will spoil the good image of the NDC for us”, he said.

Mr. Adjei expressed concern that the NDC supporters in the Techiman North and Techiman South constituencies were divided into factions and that was affecting party unity.

He expressed dismay that the party leadership in the Techiman Municipality had not been able to resolve the misunderstanding between the two NDC Members of Parliament in the area and the Techiman Municipal Chief Executive.

Mr. Adjei said the situation had the potential to affect the fortunes of the party in Election 2016 and appealed to the NDC national leadership to ensure that the differences between the three important party personalities were resolved as early as possible.

When contacted Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Ankrah, the Techiman Municipal Police Commander said the Police had invited Attipoe for questioning but he (Atippoe) failed to honour the invitation.

He said the case had been transferred to the Regional Police Command.