Wuogon Violence: Masked men not police, branded SWAT vehicles not from police – Dery

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By Lorlornyofm February 14, 2019 19:02

Wuogon Violence: Masked men not police, branded SWAT vehicles not from police – Dery

Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has revealed that police deployed during the Ayawaso West Wuogon polls were not masked and the Police-branded cars used at the time of the violence are not vehicles belonging to the Ghana Police Service.

Some heavily-armed operatives shot and wounded supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the private residence of the NDC’s candidate about an hour into the by-election on Thursday, 31 January 2019.

Some civilians were also beaten up, including a Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Sam George. He was slapped in the melee in the full glare of some police officers.

The government has set up a three-member Commission of Inquiry to probe the shooting incidence.

“I first saw on TV, a number of persons dressed up in khaki and some of them wearing masks, they were armed and when I got the video, I forwarded it to the IGP and he said: ‘These are not part of my men,” Mr Dery told the Commission at the Osu Castle in Accra on Thursday, 14 February 2018.

He continued: “As far as the reports from the IGP goes they were not part of the persons that he deployed on the day and, therefore, they are not his men”.

Mr Dery further indicated that he was informed by the IGP that the vehicles used by the armed men do not belong to the police even though it had police inscription and emblem.

“It had come to my notice on the video that they were in a vehicle that had the police logo. That was one of the reasons why I forwarded the video to the IGP and he denied that that was not a police vehicle in use by the police,” Mr Dery added.

He said the IGP told him: “Our vehicles have GP [as registration numbers], what is the GP number? It is not our vehicle”.

“What I do know is that all the police personnel and the immigration personnel who were deployed that day were not masked and were not armed,” Mr Dery concluded.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM

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By Lorlornyofm February 14, 2019 19:02
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