General News of Tue, 20 Jun 20177

We'll crush Savelugu thuggery – Police

Police in the Northern Region have assured that they will not allow political disturbances in the region to fester.

This follows the condemnation by President Nana Akufo-Addo of some supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) who are causing mayhem in the Savelugu municipality because they disagree with his choice of Municipal Chief Executive.

Irate youth of the party clashed with police last week as they attempted preventing Ayishetu Seidu from taking office. They argue that she is not a member of the NPP and so does not merit that office.

Condemning the act of hooliganism at the swearing-in ceremony of Sophia Akuffo as new Chief Justice, Nana Akufo-Addo said: “Recent disturbances in Savelugu, for example, where allegedly a handful of party executives and youth trying to prevent the Municipal Chief Executive who has been duly appointed with the requisite approval of the municipal assembly from working, are obviously unacceptable.

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“I urge the police to do everything in their power to bring to book all those who fall foul of the law. We cannot have development which will bring jobs to our youth without order.”

Commenting on the development on Tuesday June 20, Regional PRO ASP Muhammed Tanko stated: “The President’s order was in the right direction but as police… we need not wait for the President to call upon us before we do the right thing.

“We have to take decisions that will ensure that there is security and peace in the system, and that is exactly what we set out to do and you remember last Thursday when we went there, we used reasonable force on them and our objective was achieved and since then the message has been sent to them… They have not gathered to do what they did in the past, so I think we are on course.”

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