Akufo-Addo Suspends Minister

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But Silent On NPP Thugs’ Arrests

Staff of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), have finally gotten President Nana Akufo-Addo to deal with the mob governance that has engulfed his administration by suspending the Upper West Regional Minister.

Sulemana Alhassan, had prevented the police from arresting thugs linked to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) who violently attacked some NADMO officials in that region.

The violent attacks, which landed an officer in the hospital, got the NADMO staff in the Upper West Region to declare a strike action yesterday criticizing the Regional Minister for shielding the NPP hooligans who were baying for the NADMO Regional Director’s blood on Wednesday.

The NADMO strike action immediately got a statement issued and signed by the Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin, saying Alhaji Alhassan, has been suspended with immediate effect pending the outcome of the investigations into the alleged attack.

Interestingly, however, the statement from the Presidency did not charge the police to immediately re-arrests the NPP thugs, investigate their acts and put them before court.

Wednesday’s incident, marked the third in a series of coordinated attacks on public institutions by the NPP youth in the region.

The statement read; “The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has suspended, with immediate effect, from office, the Minister for the Upper West Region, Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan, pending the outcome of the investigation into the unfortunate incidents that occurred at the premises of the Upper West Regional office of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), in Wa, on Wednesday, 31st January, 2018”.

It added that “President Akufo-Addo reiterates his commitment to the application of the laws of the land, which must occur without fear or favour, affection or and without recourse to the political, religious or ethnic affiliations of any citizen of the land”.

 The NADMO staff, had said that the Minister, demonstrated that he did not value their lives by preventing the arrest of the angry NPP youth who stormed the organization’s office on Wednesday, in an attempt to beat up all NADMO staff there.

The workers, led by the Regional NADMO Public Relations Officer (PRO), Erica Sieyi, while addressing the press on yesterday morning, vowed that they would not return to work until the youth are arrested.

The attack on the offices of NADMO, led to the aide to the Regional Director being admitted at the Upper West Regional after they beat him to pulp.

The Regional NADMO Director, Isaac Seidu, who appears to be the main target of the attack, however, escaped unhurt.

Erica Sieyi, in her address, said, “our lives are not safe due to the attack yesterday [Wednesday] from a group of individuals.”

She recalled that “On the 31st January 2018, at about 4:55pm, a group of people numbering about 30, arrived at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) forecourt in cars. These angrily looking people besieged the regional office of NADMO seeking to beat up all NADMO staff… In an attempt to break into the Regional Director’s office, his aid prevented them for a short while, but they eventually overpowered him…The police were called to intervene in the situation. They came to arrest some of the individuals but the Regional Minister prevented their arrest.”

According to her, “this situation is worrying, annoying and unprofessional.”

She said, the Minister’s conduct indicated that “he doesn’t care about our lives. It also sends us a message that the Regional Minister Alhaji Sulemana Alhassana will at any time choose the interest of some few people over the safety of his workers.”

The NADMO staff, who have effectively declared a strike, said “until the people are arrested, we are not coming back to work. Our lives are not safe.”

This incident marks the third major disturbance perpetrated by youth aligned to the NPP in Upper West Region in the last few months.

On January 22, some NPP youth in the Wa municipality, vandalized the residence of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the area, Issahaku Moomin Tahiru.

The rampaging youth, also vandalized the family house of the MCE and two other houses belonging to his supporters.

In November 2017, NPP youth in Gwollu, the capital of the Sissala West District, stormed the precinct of the Assembly and locked up the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mohammed Bakor in his office.

They had accused the DCE of engaging in “divide and rule” tactics, and failing to address their concerns.

After the Wa incident, seven NPP supporters were arrested and charged with rioting, including the Sissala West Constituency Chairman of the party.

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