Security has been tightened in the Western Region town of Bonyere in the Jomoro Constituency after a clash between supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Thursday night.
The incident which occurred close to the home of the NDC Member of Parliament-elect Dorcas Affo Toffey left two persons injured, police in the Western Region said on Friday morning.
Western Region Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Olivia Adiku told Accra-based Joy News that the violence erupted when supporters of the two main political parties were engaging in a ‘victory walk’.
The police spokesperson also urged the public to disregard a video circulating online showing a man whose limbs had been severed following the incident adding that the said video is not a reflection on the ground.
“Even this morning I spoke with the District Commander. There is no such incident. Just that two persons from both sides sustained minor injuries but they were taken to the Tikobo No 1 Clinic for treatment and have been discharged”, DSP Olivia Adiku said.
Though she did not confirm any arrest she said, executives of the two parties have been invited over the development.
“So this morning we shall engage executives of the political parties…They [the political parties] have the right to celebrate their victory but they also have to inform the police to protect so that the two parties will not clash”, she said.
IGP warns troublemakers against post-election violence
Meanwhile, the National Election Security Taskforce says its personnel are on high alert to deal with individuals and groups of persons who intend to cause trouble following the declaration of the election results.
According to the Chairman of the Taskforce and Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh, the Taskforce will work to preserve a peaceful country.
The police, in an earlier press release, indicated that five persons have been killed with seventeen others injured in separate violent incidents.
But speaking at a press conference yesterday, IGP Oppong-Boanuh assured that all reported cases of violence will be investigated.
“I want to assure all abiding Ghanaians that appropriate security measures have been put in place to guarantee their security and safety in accordance with our mandate. We will continue to maintain law and order in post-election period to ensure that people go around their normal activities without intimidation and attacks. Let me sound a note of caution to any person or group of persons who intend to foment trouble to desist from such acts because we will deal decisively with them”, he said.
General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, had criticized the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh, for some violent incidents that characterized the 2020 polls.
He accused the IGP of acting unprofessionally during the elections.
Source: Daily Mail GH