NDC shooting: It’s a criminal act – Mahama

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Former president John Mahama
Former president John Mahama

Former president John Mahama has condemned the melee which ensued at the Ashanti regional office of the National Democratic Congress, leaving one dead.

Several others sustained injuries with one person under critical condition at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. Members of a pro-NDC vigilante group – The Hawks – broke loose during a meeting being held between top party officials.  The police have launched a manhunt for four persons belonging to pro-NDC vigilante group – The Hawks.

Reacting to the incident, Mahama said: “I have just been briefed about a shooting incident that occurred in front of the Ashanti Regional Office of the NDC leading to the death of one person and injury to another.”

The former president has called on the police to arrest the culprits and “subject them to the full rigours of the law.”

“I strongly condemn this incident. It is clearly a criminal act, and I call on the police and relevant security agencies to investigate, immediately apprehend the culprits and subject them to the full rigours of the law,” the NDC flagbearer hopeful said.

Gov’t slams act

Meanwhile, the government has condemned the shooting incident.

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in a statement condemned the act.

The NDC Hawks

“Government expresses condolences to the bereaved family, wishes the injured a speedy recovery and urges the Police to speed up investigations to bring the perpetrators to book,” Nkrumah stated.

He added: “Government reiterates that violence should be eschewed from all spheres of our national life.  Citizens and Groups are further encouraged to desist from actions that create a state of insecurity in our nation.”

The largest opposition party will be heading to the polls to elect its flagbearer for the 2020 general elections on February 23, 2019.

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