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Weapons Feature at NDC Rally


2006-04-04 12:11:43
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An NDC rally in Tamale on Sunday was characterized by show of offensive weapons. This is how Ghana's premier news agency, GNA reported it: "In the streets and at the rally grounds, some party supporters were seen wielding guns, cutlasses and other offensive weapons, while there were indiscriminate gunshots."
Continuing, the report said, "to whip up support for its candidate in Tuesday's by-election [it] was characterised by a number of accidents in which one person died and a number of the party's supporters sustained various degree of injuries".

The GNA's inquiries at the Tamale Teaching Hospital confirmed the death of one Issifu from Choggu, a suburb of Tamale, whose motorcycle was said to have been involved in an accident.

The hospital authorities named the injured in separate accidents as: Samata Abukari, Nurijana Hudu, Mohammed Sham-Una, Safianu Adam, Mohammed Amin, Razak Adam, Fatawu Abdul-Rahman and Alhassan Iddrisu, who were on admission at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

A nurse at the hospital expressed dismay at the behaviour of the party's supporters, who rode their motorcycles into the hospital's premises, disturbing workers and patients.

The nurse said, "Tetanus and hypertension patients detest noise and this was what was happening". The presence of ex-Flt. Lt. Rawlings in Tamale to whip up support for the NDC's candidate in today's bye-election drew out supporters of the party and as part of their show of strength decided to wield their weapons of death to instill fear in other candidates.

There were no arrests. This incident once more brings to the fore the much publicised violent side of the NDC which keeps surfacing with such rapidity.

Meanwhile, reports from Tamale seem to indicate that the NDC would retain the seat.

source: ADM

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