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Arrest perpetrators of Odododiodoo clashes now, NPP chairman urges police

VIDEOS: A viral clip shows supporters of the two main parties, the NPP and the NDC, hurling bottles, stones and insults at each other – and a new clip shows shooting

Seth Raymond Tettey, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) constituency chairman for Odododiodoo, has urged the police to bring the perpetrators of Sunday’s violence in the constituency to book.

He was speaking with the host of The Asaase Breakfast Show, Kojo Mensah, on Monday morning (26 October) following clashes between members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the NPP over the weekend.

“I have reported the matter to the police yesterday and we are going to do a press conference to that effect, just to inform the whole world as to what transpired,” Tettey said. 

“And from there, we are going to appeal to the police to make sure that the perpetrators are brought to book. We believe by so doing it will bring some sanity into the constituency,” he added. 

“I have even spoken with the NDC chairman in the constituency this morning and we will continue to engage each other. The NDC chairman is a very peaceful man but his candidate [Nii Lantey Vanderpuye] is a violent person,” Tettey said. 

He accused the local MP, of being behind various misunderstandings and the civil disorder in the constituency. 

Background to clashes

A joint peace walk on Sunday morning by supporters of the New Patriotic Party and National Democratic Congress in the James Town area of Odododiodoo turned violent.

A viral video seen by Asaaseradio.com shows supporters of the two main parties throwing bottles, stones and insults at each other.

A second clip which has just emerged on social media shows a man shooting a pistol in the air as he and colleagues advance on a rival group.

It is not clear what sparked the supporters of the incumbent MP, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, and the NPP’s Nii Lante Bannerman to launch the violent exchanges.

The police say both parties have written their statements about what started the violence. The number of people injured is yet to be confirmed.

The latest Ghana Police Service assessment of flashpoints in the country as the December election approaches shows Odododiodoo as home to 50 hot spots.

Fred Dzakpata

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