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Police protect gov’t offices in Tamale to avert vandalism

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The Tamale Police Command has deployed personnel to protect all government offices within the metropolis, following reported cases of forced evictions by some perceived New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters.

The supporters besieged the offices of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), threatening to assault workers if they do not vacate the premises.

They subsequently closed the offices of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), and threatened to do same to the metro office of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).

But the Northern Regional Police says such lawlessness will not be countenanced.

Speaking to Citi News, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh said they would deal with such miscreants.

“Since Tuesday, we have been sending police officers around to protect those places that were vandalized by the irate youth. I must say that we have been protecting other offices already because after the declaration we had some criminal elements who took advantage of this thing and went taking over offices and made away with some items including tricycles belonging to SADA. We have managed to retrieve some of the items while we are looking for some of them,” he noted.

We need MMDCEs to stop seizures                         

Meanwhile the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Constituency Secretary for the Ashaiman Constituency, Chapman Takyi Kodam, is calling for the speedy appointments of MMDCEs, to avert the continuous seizure of public properties by irate party activists.

He made the comments in an interview with Citi News after the Ashaiman Police managed to foil another seizure of a lorry station in Ashaiman.

“It’s very unfortunate that some of these things keep occurring. We have admonished them several times that the president will not tolerate some of those things. Whether we want to take over any facility here, it lies in the hands of the incoming chief executive and the assembly to scrutinize the contracts to make sure that everything is in order before we go after anybody.”

“Having admonished them several times, it keeps occurring, but we will keep talking to them to make sure that the right thing is done. If we will have a chief executive by the end of February, it will help us a lot. We know it is going to take some time, but we are pleading with him that they will consider doing some of these appointments at the local level, so that they will come and put things in order because lack of that is giving us a lot of problems in the municipality.”

Background

There have been reported cases of irate youth vandalizing some government offices ever since the New Patriotic Party’s Nana Akufo-Addo was declared winner of the polls.

Some of the facilities the NPP youth have tried taking over include tollbooths, offices district chief executives, public toilet facilities among others.

The NPP youth have also been accused of attacking members of the National Democratic Congress.

By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana