Pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) group, the Young Elephants Association, is accusing the Ghana Police Service of hesitating to arrest a sympathiser of the National Democratic Congress, Yakubu Iddrisu, whom the group claims investigations regarding the April 10 shooting in Tamale point to.
About nine people sustained injuries after an unidentified man fired into NPP supporters revelling at a pub in Aboabo, a suburb of Tamale.
“We can state on authority that the Police Service is refusing to pick up one Yakubu Iddrisu, alias ‘Oparipa’ who, through their investigations, has been identified as the prime suspect for the shooting incident,” the Association said in a statement issued on Tuesday, April 29.
Below is the full statement:
IGP MUST ORDER ARREST OF PERPETRATORS OF TAMALE SHOOTING INCIDENT
The Young Elephants Association of Tamale would like to take this opportunity to join the voices of many residents in Tamale in calling on the Inspector General of Police to arrest the perpetrators of the shooting incident that rocked Tamale on the eve of the National Delegates’ Conference of the New Patriotic Party.
It has been over two weeks since the shooting of 9 innocent members of the New Patriotic Party occurred and till date nothing has been heard about the Police Service actively pursuing the perpetrators of this brutal act.
Indeed, the Young Elephants Association of Tamale is reliably informed that the Police Service have completed the investigations into who committed this act, but are unwilling to arrest the leader of the gang that committed this offence, all because he is neck deep in the stable of the National Democratic Congress.
We can state on authority that the Police Service is refusing to pick up one Yakubu Iddrisu, alias ‘Oparipa’ who, through their investigations, has been identified as the prime suspect for the shooting incident.
As a country that believes in the rule of law, such acts of gross impunity cannot be overlooked and we are calling on the Police service to implement the contents of the investigative report they commissioned into Tamale shooting incident.
We also wish to remind the Inspector General of Police that we are still waiting for the arrest of the persons involved in the burning of 27 houses belonging to NPP sympathisers in Tamale, which occurred on the 17th of February 2009, for which various complaints were made to the Police. Till date, not a single soul has been arrested as evidence linking the persons who committed this act is available.
We also await the arrest of the perpetrators involved the gruesome murders of three traders and workers in the Agbogbloshie market in 2009 – Alhassan Fuseini from Tamale; Soale from Yendi and Sule J.Y from Tolon by persons close to the NDC including one Sule, Sahana Mohammed Ayatu, Awal Voulina Naa, Sule Nabiya, Abdalla Say and Abdalla Rasta.
Last but not least, the murder of our colleague, Nasiru Mohammed on March 11 has still not seen the police arrest the person(s) who committed this crime. The Ghana Police must not be seen to be doing the bidding of any political party but must stay true to its motto: Service with Integrity.
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