Police Avert NPP Clash

Police tried to disarm the machomen

BUT FOR the timely intervention of some policemen from the Sunyani Municipal Police Station, there would have been a bloody clash between some youth  groups of the ruling New Patriotic Party ( NPP) over the appointment of one Michael Osei Boateng as the Brong Ahafo Regional Coordinator of the Youth  and Employment Agency at the Regent Hotel at Sunyani on Tuesday.

A press conference which was organised by one of the groups calling itself ‘Youth for Equity’ to register their displeasure at the appointment of Michael Osei Boateng as the regional coordinator  for Youth Employment Agency ( YEA) was disrupted by well built  ‘machomen’ with cutlasses and guns. Tables and chairs were scattered whilst the one addressing the press, Abubakar Yakubu, was asked to stop.

The police, however, arrived on time and chased out the machomen    whilst some were made to lie prostrate and were disarmed. DAILY GUIDE later learnt that the machomen were allegedly hired from Wenchi by the appointee’s supporters to disrupt the press conference.

Some journalists who tried to take pictures or video of the scene were attacked and heckled.

Before the commencement of the press conference, the Sunyani District Police Commander, Superintendent Frank Kramo came to the Regent Hotel, where the press conference was being held, with two of his men and asked the leader (Abubakar Yakubu) to call off the press conference because the police were not notified about it.

But Abubakar insisted that the press conference was not a demonstration to warrant notifying the police so they will go ahead with it. The commander maintained that the police had an intelligence report that there will be a counter attack on the press conference so they should call it off but the organizers refused. The commander then asked members of the group to remove the red bands they were wearing on their heads and wrists and warned that if something untoward happened, Abubakar would be held responsible.

Not too long after the police had left than some machomen stormed the venue with knives and cutlasses and disrupted the proceedings. But the quick thinking of some of the workers and others around who called the police to return saved the situation.

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FROM Daniel Y Dayee, Sunyani