The Northern Regional Secretariat of the New Patriotic Party on Monday January 17, 2011 gave the Inspector General of Police, Paul Tawiah Quaye a 48 hour ultimatum to arrest persons believed to be NDC foot soldiers who allegedly wounded a policeman during their obstruction of an exercise which was embarked upon to clamp down on motor traffic offences in the Tamale metropolis.
Personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit of the northern regional police command on Saturday January 15, 2011 embarked upon an exercise to clamp down on motor traffic offences at the instance of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Paul Tawiah Quaye.
The exercise was resisted by some suspected NDC foot soldiers whose violent reaction led to the severe beating of two policemen, one of whom is still on admission at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
Four suspects were later arrested, but were released when a mob attempted to attack the Tamale police charge office.
Addressing the media in Tamale, Dr. Clifford Braimah, Northern Regional Secretary of the NPP expressed disappointment in the police failure to arrest the culprits and challenged the IGP to order their arrest within 48 hours.
“Reports on the incident received by the Regional Secretariat are that the Police officer in question was performing his duty as a peace officer by trying to rescue one of the community police guys who was under attack by the same group of foot soldiers. The Regional Secretariat of NPP is therefore calling on the IGP to take serious action in this “Action year” without fear or favour.”
He threatened that the party will embark on a massive demonstration in the Tamale metropolis if the IGP fails to apprehend the perpetrators seeing that nobody is above the law.
Dr. Clifford Braimah questioned the morality behind the arrest and detention of NPP youth activists in Tamale, Gushegu and Yendi over what he referred to as “baseless and unsubstantiated allegations” whereas NDC foot soldiers according to him commit serious crimes in broad day light and get away with it.
The NPP northern regional secretary further called on President John Evans Atta Mills to command security operatives in Ghana to sanction NDC foot soldiers whose activities are endangering national security.
“The activities of the NDC foot soldiers have the potential of dragging Ghana into a state of insecurity. In the Northern Region, the foot soldiers started with the violent removal from office of the Scheme Manager of National Health Insurance for Central Gonja District, this was followed by attacks on NPP supporters with the burning and destruction of houses and other properties in
the Tamale Metropolis, unfortunately leading to the arrest of only NPP supporters, five of whom have been in prison remand since February 2009,” he warned.