4 NPP Supporters Arrested

Information reaching Daily Guide indicates that two days after the Akwatia electoral re-run, National Democratic Congress (NDC) functionaries in the constituency are using the police to terrorise New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters. The NDCís Baba Jamal lost to NPPís Dr Kofi Asare after the re-run last Tuesday. According to information available to the paper, 17 NPP supporters from Akyem Wenchi, the hometown of the newly-elected Member of Parliament, are on the radar of the police and the military, who are still stationed at Akwatia. Four sympathizers of NPP, including an elder of Wenchi Pentecost church, have already been picked at dawn yesterday by 16 policemen and nine soldiers from their various homes at Wenchi, on allegations that they were trying to bomb the house of the local NDC chairman, Bob Kwadwo Yirenkyi. The four are Elder Owusu Tabi, George Ntiamoah, Ernest Nifa and Issa Ali. According to the police at Kade, Mr Yirenkyi had come to report to them that the four people who were picked up yesterday had gone to his house after the NPP candidate had been declared winner in the parliamentary elections to destroy his cooking utensils, plantain farm and threatened to kill his wife and burn his house with a Ďpetrolí bomb. The Kade Police Commander told Happy FM yesterday that they took the action to prevent further political violence after the Akwatia re-run. Daily Guide also learnt that attempts by the NPP MP for Kade, Ofosu Asamoah, to secure bail for them yesterday was not successful and the four are still being held as at the time of filing this report.Incidentally on voting day, the former district chief executive for Kwaebibirem under the NPP, Mr. Boakye-Yiadom, was arrested by the police on the order of the NDC candidate, for allegedly insulting him. The new NPP MP, Dr Kofi Asare, as well as executives of the NPP in the Akwatia constituency, have expressed regret about the incident and urged the security agencies not to allow themselves to be used by politicians for parochial interests.