PNC Chides Police For Linking Nalerigu Murder To Bawku

General Secretary of the People’s National Convention, PNC has chided the Northern Regional Police Commander for seeking to portray the recent murder of PNC’s Nalerigu parliamentary candidate for the 2008 parliamentary election as one with an ethnic undertone. According to Mr. Mornah the police should instead of jumping into conclusion; concern themselves with investigating the crime. He said the PNC will want to wait for the outcome of police investigations. “We will not want to suspect anything," he said. “That is why I feel sad that the regional commander of police will be impugning that the shooting has something to do with Bawku. I do not think it augers well for the police even before they complete investigations,” he remarked. Mr. Moses Alando Banaba has been killed by an unknown gunman at Nalerigu in the Northern Region. The deceased, who worked at the Nalerigu Baptist Medical Centre in the East Mamprusi District as a pharmacist, was allegedly ambushed and shot in the thigh when he was on his way home after work on Thursday evening. The body of the deceased, who is a Kusasi, has been deposited at the morgue at the Nalerigu Baptist Medical Centre. Bernard Mornah contended that it is wrong for a highly placed security officer as the regional commander to soon after the shooting incident insinuate that the murder was an overflow of the raging Bawku Kusasi-Mamprusi ethnic conflict. The Regional Commander, ACP Angubutoge Awuni shortly after the shooting incident said he suspects the Bawku inter ethnic conflict had spilt over to the Northern Region. But Mr. Mornah thinks attributing the murder to ethnic rivalry is wrong. Meanwhile, ACP Awuni insists that the murder of the PNC politician has some linkage with the Bawku crisis. He gives some details whilst questioning Bernard Mornah’s utterances. “…please tell Mornah that some of the utterances he makes do not augur well for peace…we are here, I am the one in-charge here and that is what I have seen,” He said. Regional Police Command is on the heels of two suspects. While the name of the suspects is yet to be known, the police mentioned one Salifu Zongo Naaba as the other suspect. According to Awuni, Zongo Naaba, a Mamprusi, was spotted early Friday morning at a lorry station at Nalerigu attempting to flee the town. ACP Awuni stated that a week to the murder of the PNC politician, some people from Bawku had descended on Nalerigu, and they were telling people in Nalerigu that they were going to kill this man who has been shot, He said it was unfortunate “… nobody was prepared to inform the police about this.” Mr. Awuni regretted that the police only got to know after the murder. He disclosed that “the guys who were involved in the shooting are related to a Mamprusi man who was killed in Bawku…the information we are getting is that they came here to revenge.” ACP Awuni added that if Bernard Mornah has any information contrary to what the regional police command has, “…then he should make it available to us.”