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Politics of Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Source: primenewsghana.com

'Until NPP stops politicizing national issues, we will politicize everything' - Asiedu Nketia

General Secretary of the largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia says that the NDC will continue to politicize everything including the arrest of the Canadian kidnappers.

According to him, the politicization of criminals was started by the NPP so why should they (NDC) stop when the criminals involved are known NPP Delta Force members.

Speaking on Okay FM, he explained that the New Patriotic Party has recruited Delta Force members into the security agencies which is not good for the country’s security.

Mr Nketia said: "The political parties are fighting to end political vigilantism but you have a government who keeps politicizing everything and even branding the NDC’s National Chairman as a criminal."

"Until the NPP stops the politicization of National issues, we will also continue to politicize everything," he added.

Eight persons have since been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of the two Canadian women at Ahodwo, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. The suspects include five Ghanaians and three Nigerians.

They were arrested on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, morning after an operation which freed the two women who were kidnapped on June 4 2019.



The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, made this known at a press conference held in Accra last week.

Background

Bailey Jordan Chitty, 20 and Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19, two Canadians were reportedly forced into a vehicle at about 8:20 pm on June 4 just when they had stepped out of their apartment at Silver Spring in Kumasi.

However, in a joint operation involving various security agencies including the Police and National Security, the duo was rescued at a house at Akyease in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti region.

Nigerian suspects have been involved in all four high-profile kidnappings in what analysts say point to an influx of Nigerian-style crimes in Ghana.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana has appealed to the media and the public to be circumspect with their reports and commentary on crimes committed by Nigerians. The High Commission, says it is unfair for all Nigerians in Ghana to be tagged as criminals because some have been involved in series of crimes in the country.