Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia sympathising with a victim of the Thursday’s hit-and-run shooting incident in Tamale
Nine jubilant supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Aboabo, a suburb of the Tamale Metropolis, yesterday dawn sustained various degrees of injury resulting from gunshots by some unknown gunmen.
The two unidentified gunmen, according to eyewitnesses, were moving in the same direction, with one in the trunk of a moving unregistered taxi, while the other was on an unregistered motorbike. They allegedly opened fire on reaching the spot of the jubilant supporters, injuring the nine of them in the process and speeding off almost immediately.
Two of the victims – Zuleha Addoo and Alhassan Baako – are said to be in critical condition and currently responding to treatment at the Tamale Teaching Hospital where they were rushed to.
The NPP has fingered one Yakubu Operipaa, a known National Democratic Congress (NDC) sympathizer in the area, as one of those who shot the supporters.
In a statement released and signed by Mohammed Abdul-Kudus, NPP Northern Regional Communications Director, the party called on the police to immediately effect the arrest of the named individual to demonstrate their commitment to duty in dealing with the situation.
It called on various stakeholders, especially the various chiefs and religious bodies in the region, to condemn the conduct of the gunmen, assuring all delegates of their security before and after the elections.
Meanwhile, Director-General of Police Operations, John Kudalor, who visited the victims and briefly interacted with them, has assured the residents that his outfit was leaving nothing to chance in ensuring the success of the event.
According to him, the police would map out new strategies in order to keep track of events within the city to forestall such unfortunate incidents until the last delegate is transported out of the metropolis.
‘We are in touch with the party’s hierarchy who are very cooperative in dealing with the situation,’ he remarked.
Mr. Kudalor, who was not certain about the connection between the latest shooting incident and previous ones that claimed two lives prior to the Congress, warned that his outfit, which has since intensified patrols, would deal with anyone found to have embarked on the shooting.
Security has since been stepped up within various suburbs of the Tamale Metropolis, especially in and around the Sports Stadium where the event is being staged, with armed police and military personnel at various vantage points.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale
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