Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate hopeful, Sylvester Mensah is wondering whether the Inspector General of Police and the Ghana Police Service have been cowed into submission by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and government sponsored vigilantes in the country.
According to him, the vigilantes were armed with lethal weapons on the day of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election during which violence broke out at the La Bawaleshie Park, in the full glare of the police officers.
‘’The vigilantes were armed with lethal weapons in the full glare of the law enforcement officers. If as it appears, the Police were working in tandem with the armed vigilantes, then they could be accused of complicity in the criminal conduct of the vigilantes’’ he said.
The former Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority said as part of the 50 member delegation that went to lodge a complaint with the IGP and Chairperson of the Electoral Commission over the Ayawaso West disturbances, it was obvious to them that the security agencies were helpless.
In his estimation, but for the timely intervention of the NDC, lives could have been lost in the incident, adding that there must be a full scale investigations into the incident and the culprits brought to book at all cost.
Mr. Mensah also wants the international community to condemn the incident which he describes as senseless, cowardly and barbaric government sponsored violence.
‘’As we sympathize with the families of all the injured, I can assure that the NDC shall seek justice, whether early or late. We call for calm within the ranks of the NDC and plead that our supporters do not resort to violence in self defence. We can win subsequent elections through non-violent means. We call for free and fair elections without intimidation’’ he added.