A communication team member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Abuakwa South in the Eastern region, Victor-Aikins Ofori has been beaten by a gang of thugs.
The incident reportedly happened at Kyebi on Saturday, September 27, 2019, while attending a funeral of his grandmother.
A report by the regional executives of the National Democratic congress suggests that Victor-Aikins was prevented from filing an official report with the police.
statement issued by the Eastern Regional secretariat of the NDC on Sunday 29th September has meanwhile condemned the attack and called on the Police to handle the matter professionally and call the perpetrators to order within 48 hours.
Below is the full statement:
Eastern Region NDC Condemns Attack on Abuakwa South Communications Officer.
The attention of the eastern regional communication bureau has been drawn to barbaric attacks by some hoodlums on the Abuakwa South constituency communication officer of the National Democratic Congress, Aikins Ofori, and we want to register our revulsion on same.
In the early hours of Saturday, 28th September, 2019, the constituency communications officer, whilst at his grandmother’s funeral at Kyebi, was apprehended and beaten to a pulp by some hoodlums without provocation. As a law-abiding citizen, he went to the office of the district police command to lodge a complaint for the hoodlums to be dealt with according to the laws of the nation.
Upon his arrival, the police ceased him and was put behind bars, with the reason that he had been reported somewhere in July this year, for once insulting the Akyem Abuakwahene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, on a WhatsApp platform, a false allegation orchestrated to rationalise such obvious political violence.
All efforts to secure him a bail proved futile until it took the intervention of the Abuakwa south NDC constituency chairman, Alhaji Sanusi, to get him released.
The police per our constitution is supposed to protect lives and properties and not to unlawfully detain victims of political violence, and rather protect the perpetrators. On the bases of the above, we are demanding the following from the Abuakwa South District police command;
* That they act swiftly on the case and get the perpetrators arrested and prosecuted within 48 hours
* That they commit to professional and fair policing to prevent others from taking the laws into their own hands.
* That they quickly discharge the Communications Officer and stop feeding on orchestrated petty rumours from Social media platforms.
Comrade Darlas Williams
Regional Communications Officer