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Crime & Punishment Fri, 22 May 2009

Kpassa chief and six others arrested

Nkwanta, May 22, GNA - Seven suspects including Nana Obuor Konja V, Chief of Kpassa, are assisting the police in investigations into the vandalization of vehicle belonging to Dr Mamboah Rockson on May 5. Dr Rockson was the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate in the December 2008 general election in the Nkwanta North constituency and lost to the New Patriotic Party candidate.

Nana Konja, Kumah Peter Wuteel, Secretary to the traditional council, and Edward K. Tabue have been granted police enquiry bail while the remaining four are in custody assisting in investigations. They are Ndabe Konja, Kumecha Konja, Johnson Kwadjo Tawiah, Nkwanta North Constituency Secretary of the NDC and Ndabe Tasa. Police are looking for a group of young men led by Joseph Wumbe who disrupted an Nkwanta North Constituency NDC Executive meeting and assaulted its Secretary, Tawiah.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Douglas Kumah told the Ghana News Agency that Wumbe and eight others besieged and disrupted an NDC meeting on April 14 and assaulted Tawiah when he refused to resign. He said the fallout of this confusion was the convening of another meeting by Nana Konja and his elders where a letter dated April 16, was written banishing Dr Rockson from Kpassa.

Mr Kumah said members of the Kokomba branch in Accra met and decided to intervene in the impasse and therefore scheduled a meeting at Kpassa to resolve the confusion on May 5.

He said Dr Rockson, who arrived at Kpassa on May 4, asked his driver to send his jeep to a bay for washing in the morning of May 5 and one Daniel Labassi allegedly mobilized about 50 youths and attacked the occupants of the vehicle.

Charles Poatob, driver and one Kenneth Kitinkawah, had cutlass wounds inflicted on them.

Mr Kumah said the group vandalized the car, broke all glassy parts and dented its body and in the process a Del Laptop, GHc 5,000 and official documents of Dr Rockson were stolen. He said Poatob and Kitinkawah sped-off to Nkwanta to report the incident to the Police and receive treatment at the District Hospital.

Source: GNA