Blame vigilantes for Banda killing – Aning

Kwesi Aning

A man has died after he suffered knife wounds in an attack by men suspected to be supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Banda in the Bono Region.

Circumstances surrounding the attack and his death are unclear but reports points to a scuffle between members of the opposition National Democratic Congress and the governing New Patriotic Party.

The deceased, Silas Wulochamey, a graduate teacher trainee from the Akim Oda Teacher Training College was reportedly accosted by the men at Banda Kabrono on Monday when he was returning from a visit to his pastor at Wenchi.

Bono Regional Police Command, Augustine Kingsley Oppong, said in an interview with Citi FM Tuesday that a thorough investigation will be conducted before any arrest could be made.

“We have decided to let our investigator go down and gather all the pieces of information and inform Command as such. So we’ve not made any arrest yet. Our investigator will inform us of the next action we should take.

“People are asking whether there have been any arrest and why not now. In fact, we are gathering intelligence that will lead us to the right culprits so that we will not go and arrest some people and later release them that there is nothing against them.”

Meanwhile, there are media reports of tension between the two dominant parties in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise in the farming community of Banda.

Similar attacks have also been recorded in other regions including Greater Accra, Ashanti and Ahafo.

Meanwhile, a security expert and Head of the Department of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Kwesi Aning has blamed the chaos on the activities of vigilante groups.

“It is naïve for anyone to think what is happening is a surprise. Members of vigilantes have now recognized the power that they have and are now using their power to intimidate those who formed them. They now know they are an alternative source of power and so they are using it.

”What should be done is that immediately we need to go back to the drawing board and find measures to really deal with the menace and there is the need to be practical and realistic with the solution and approach,” he told Accra-based Starr FM.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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