We Have Capacity To Respond To Police Violence
The national youth organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) appears to be taking inspiration from the party’sSuameConstituency youth organizer, Razak Koampa, whose recent “political violence” comment has landed him in the grip of the police.
According to Mr. George Opare Addo, the NDC has the capacity to respond to police “violence” and that the party will also defend the country against its “oppressive NPP government.”
“We have the capacity to respond to police violence. We will defend our country against its oppressive NPP government,” he bragged.
His comment is a direct response to the police statement days ago, indicating that it has initiated a manhunt for the constituency youth organizer for inciting political violence.
Meanwhile, the police in the Ashanti Region has charged and detained Razak Koampa for further investigation.
He was sent to the Sofoline police station by the regional party branch executives and some national executives, including the national organizer, Joseph Yamin, and party supporters yesterday around 10am.
Report says, it is likely that the embattled Suameyouth organizer will be arraigned before court tomorrow February 9, though the charges against him are not readily known.
Days ago, the Suame youth organizer, in an interview with Kumasi-based Oyerapa Television, allegedly incited political violence ahead of the 2024 elections.
“The attention of the Police Service has been drawn to a viral video in which a person who identifies himself as the Youth Organiser for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Suame Constituency of the Ashanti Region calls on supporters of the NDC to attack persons of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run-up to the 2024 General Elections.
The Ashanti Regional Police Command has initiated steps to get this person arrested to face justice,” the police statement said.
But in the view of Mr. Opare Addo, the police are exhibiting naked hypocrisy for declaring the party’s Suameyouth organizer, Razak Koampa, wanted when in the past similar comments have been made, but the police chose to ignore them.
Reacting to the police statement, he said even though the youth organizer’s comment can be described as “extreme,” the party stands with him.
Opare Addo further argued that Razak was only responding to years of extreme violence against the NDC, which the police have failed to act on.
He expressed extreme surprise at the police statement, saying “Today, the police wants to serve justice by criminalizing free speech? Such stinking hypocrisy!”
He said before taking action against Razak, the police must do the needful by going back to look into alleged gun brutalities which have remained unresolved.
“This NPP surrogate of a police service should arrest those who killed the 8 people in Techiman South, those who hurt and maimed people in Ayawaso West and the so called security officers who killed NDC activists in Ablekuma Central during the 2020 elections.
We have the capacity to respond to police violence. We will defend our country against its oppressive NPP government,” he added.
Read Below His Comment, Published Unedited:
“The Youth Wing stands in complete solidarity with our Suame Youth Organizer, Razak Koampa.
His comments may be extreme but they are in direct response to years of extreme violence meted out to NDC activists yet justice has not been served.
Today, the Police wants to serve justice by criminalizing free speech.
Such stinking hypocrisy! This NPP surrogate of a police service should arrest those who killed the 8 people in Techiman South, those who hurt and maimed people in Ayawaso West and the so called security officers who killed NDC activists in Ablekuma Central during the 2020 elections.
We have the capacity to respond to police violence. We will defend our country against its oppressive NPP government.