Ayawaso by-election: Ursula Owusu justifies violent attacks on NDC operatives

By Mutala Yakubu
Ayawaso by-election: Ursula Owusu justifies violent attacks on NDC operatives

The Communications Minister Madam Ursula Owusu has justified yesterday's violent attacks on NDC operatives saying they had stockpiled arms in the residence of Delali Brempong who was the NDC candidate in the Ayawaso by-election.

The Ayawaso by-election was marred by some violence that occurred at Bawaleshie.

This led to six NDC members sustaining injuries and leading to the party pulling out of the election.

It is alleged that some NDC supporters clashed with some masked security men at the house of the NDC candidate Delali Kwesi Brempong.

This the NDC are accusing the NPP of using party vigilante groups to attack their members.  Ursula Owusu who is the Communications Minister says these yet to be identified security forces were only doing their job.

Communications Minister Ursula Owusu

"Our information is that the security services yesterday, had intelligence that the "Azorka boys" had stockpiled arms and ammunition in the home of the NDC candidate and went there to investigate, they were denied access to the place and those in the house started shooting at them".

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"Every serious security agency will respond and respond in kind, now if you go and pick a fight and you are beaten then you come around and ask why you were beaten"

"We all saw the videos of Sam George daring the police to talk claiming that somebody had been killed in his own home, they (NDC) were born in lies, deceit and violence, they have grown in it and will die in it".

"You should know that the security service have the legal mandate to use force to stop violence, mayhem or confusion," she spoke in an interview on Joy News.

The Ghana Police Service has however denied knowledge of the masked men who stormed Bawalashie yesterday and have launched an investigation into the matter.

These unidentified masked men stormed the house of NDC candidate Delali Brempong where the violence occurred.

Several bodies like CODEO, OccupyGhana have all condemned the violence that happened at Bawaleshie during the by-election.

However, , NPP candidate Lydia Alhassan emerged winner of the by-election.

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