Minority want probe into Ayawaso West Wuogon shooting incident

Accra- The Minority in Parliament has called on government to launch bi-partisan enquiry into the shooting incident near a polling station at La Bawaleshie in the just ended Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

According to Minority, the bi-partisan probe into the incident would help identify the perpetrators of the violence and bring them to book.

Mr James Agalga, the Minority spokesperson on Defense and Interior, speaking to the media on the matter said that the incident goes to show why many are insecure in the country.

Some heavily armed masked persons believed to be national security operatives, invaded the residence of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate in the election, Delali Brempong where they allegedly shot and injured at least six people.

The event temporarily disrupted voting at the La Bawaleshie Presbyterian Basic School 1, just few metres from the shooting grounds. It also forced the NDC to pull-out all its agents and announced a withdrawal from the election.

Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, NDC chairman, explained at a news conference on Thursday that they could not guarantee the safety of their agents and officials deployed to monitor the by-election which was eventually won by the New Patriotic Party.

Mr Agalga also called on the appropriate authorities ensure that all persons involved in the shooting incident are brought to book.

He expressed concern about how the masked ‘security personnel’ had access to the accoutrements they used, something that is ordinarily not the case.

Mr Agalga said one could not ascertain whether the masked men belonged to any of the known security agencies of the country.

Who has raised a private army under this constitutional dispensation? We are in dangerous times; the identity of those people must be established he said.

Mr Agalga further quizzed how the masked men got the AK47 assault rifles and the SWAT vehicles they were using for their operations.

He said for these issues amongst others, a bi-partisan inquiry must be conducted into the shooting incident.

Source: Ghana News Agency