It was bizarre and capricious – NDC condemns demolition of Raymond Archer’s factory

DEJECTED: Raymond Archer at his razed down factory

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has condemned the demolition exercise at the Trade Fair Centre, which affected Raymond Archer’s printing press.

The NDC said the exercise is merely an act of cowardice spearheaded by President Akufo-Addo.

“This demolishing exercise constitutes an act of economic brutality targeted at a hardworking young businessman,” the NDC said in a statement signed by the party’s General-Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

The Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited last week pulled down many structures belonging to some tenants on its premises, stressing it was not targetted.

Below is the full NDC statement:

NDC Bemoans Akufo Addo’s Callous Demolishing of Raymond Archers Printing Press

The leadership of the National Democratic Congress condemns in no uncertain terms the bizarre and capricious application of state power by the Akufo-Addo government in the victimization of political opponents, particularly in the recent case of the midnight demolishing of Raymond Archers industrial printing press and that of few others at the Trade Fair, La.

The offices and factory of Color Planet Ltd, one of the largest industrial printing firms in Ghana owned and operated by Ace investigative journalist Mr Raymond Archer, formerly of the ‘Enquirer’ news paper was razed down by an ‘excavator’ operated by heavily armed National Security Operatives and uniformed Police Officers.

This is clearly an act of cowardice driven by Akufo Addo’s insatiable desire for vindictiveness and nepotistic totalitarianism.

This Demolishing exercise constitute an act of economic brutality targeted at a hardworking young businessman.

It is our considered view that, this demolishing forms part of a grand scheme targeted at destroying all businesses with some form of perceived leanings to the National Democratic Congress.

We have witnessed the unlawful closure of financial institutions, radio stations, media houses, construction companies and several other local businesses.

This follows a similar application of impunity in the unlawful demolishing of a 4 bedroom house belonging to Mr. Mustafa Gbande a Former NDC Deputy Regional Secretary of the Volta Region by a team of National Security and Police Operatives and a host of other such heartbreaking socio-economic rapture of peoples livelihood.

At this point, we are convinced this various acts of impunity by the Akufo Addo government constitute an act of provocation against the National Democratic Congress and its entire membership. As a matter of urgency, we demand an immediate cessation of these acts of provocation and intimidation of innocent citizens.

President Akufo Addo must be reminded that when injustice and impunity becomes law, resistance becomes an inevitable duty of the people.


Hon. Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah

General Secretary

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