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Wamfie chiefs condemn attack on police station

From Kwame Asare Boadu, Sunyani

THE chiefs of Wamfie in the Brong Ahafo Region have condemned the recent attack on the Wamfie Police Station by a mob following an accident, which led to the death of two supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The chiefs have, therefore, rendered an unqualified apology to the Wamfie police for the unfortunate incident. A statement signed by the solicitor of the chiefs, Mr Solomon Oppong Twumasi said the Wamfie Rural Bank, the only financial institution operating in the town, aware of the important role the police play in the bank?s operations, has agreed to renovate the police station, part of which was burnt in the attack. Besides, the management of Asuowam Complex, a timber firm in the town, has also agreed to provide all the wooden materials needed for the renovation.

The statement said the chiefs appreciate the role the police have played in ensuring peace in the area and would ensure that similar incidents do not occur in the future. ?To this end, we are making a passionate appeal to the Police Administration not to close down the station, as is being speculated,? the statement said. It assured the Police Administration that everything would be done to protect police personnel, their families and their property. It further assured that the chiefs would co-operate with the police to apprehend the ring leaders of the act to face the full rigours of the law.

It would be recalled that after the victory of Mr J.A. Kufuor in the presidential run-off, jubilant supporters of the NPP at Wamfie organised a victory parade on December 30,2000. While the supporters were parading through the streets of the town, a speeding articulated truck, loaded with lumber ignored signals to stop and ran through the supporters killing two on the spot and injuring many others. The driver of the truck managed to take refuge at the police station but a mob besieged the station, demanding instant justice. When the police refused to accede to the demand, the mob attacked the station, setting part of it on fire, resulting in serious damage to valuable property and documents.The driver managed to escape in the process. The timber truck and a KIA tipper truck belonging to Asuowam Complex Limited were also set on fire.

Meanwhile, the Regional Police Commander, Mr J.K. Agyapong, has stated that police personnel at the station would be distributed to other stations until further notice. He told the Graphic in an interview that the driver of the timber truck is still at large but said the police have established his identity and are making efforts to arrest him.

Source: Daily Graphic

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