NDC shooting: I wasn’t arrested – Yamoah-Ponkoh

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Afrifa Yamoah-Ponkoh
Afrifa Yamoah-Ponkoh

A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Afrifa Yamoah-Ponkoh has denied reports of being arrested in connection with the killing of a supporter at the party’s Ashanti regional office.

The police invited the former Municipal Chief Executive for Ejisu-Juabeng for questioning Tuesday after searching his house over a shooting incident which resulted in the death of one person and allegation of stockpiling of arms.

Members of a pro-NDC vigilante group – The Hawks – in a heated altercation resorted to gun battle leaving several persons injured and a member losing his life.

Speaking to the media hours after being released, Yamoah-Ponkoh said his interaction with the police commander was cordial and was never granted bail.

“It’s an unfortunate situation [the shooting incident] and some of us were traumatized,” the former MCE said.

Reports were rife that he was arrested by the police in relation with the chaos which erupted during a meeting between party executives.

“I was not arrested and how can I be granted bail if I wasn’t arrested,” Yamoah-Ponkoh stressed.

He explained: “Two police men came to my house and said the commander wants to have a chat with me and they said before then they want to search the house… They didn’t see anything and I followed them to the regional commander.

“When I came here it was more friendly and I briefed them and he asked one of the investigators to write down my statement and they asked me to wait a bit and after I was asked to go.”

The government and former president John Mahama have condemned the incident and want the police to act swiftly in arresting the culprits.

The NDC will be going to congress February 23 to elect a flagbearer for the 2020 elections.

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