Details are emerging about how the Nima residence of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was reportedly attacked by supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Sunday.
DAILY GUIDE has learned about how some police officers inexplicably stood unconcerned while NDC goons attempted to storm the house and in the process started attacking the property with stones and bottles amid wild insults.
The provocative action by the NDC supporters has received worldwide condemnation, with both the United States and United Kingdom governments expressing their disgust at the upsurge of violence as Ghana prepares to go into general election on December 7, and even threatened sanctions against politicians who are inciting violence, including possible visa embargo and revocation.
A source has said early Sunday morning, one of the private security personnel at Nana Akufo-Addo’s house upon discovering an unusual occurrence on the security camera, proceeded outside only to see a crowd of NDC supporters hurling stones and bottles into the house.
“As the bottle and stone throwing continued, a policeman, one of the many standing by, told one of the two bodyguards undertone to go and tell the commander of the Nima police who was observing the attack, to do something about what was happening,” the source claimed.
According to the source, when the security man told the police officer, he allegedly did not utter a word and only sneered at him while the goons continued to attack the property.
“He asked the police officer to get them to leave immediately by insisting that Nana Akufo-Addo’s wife, Rebecca, was returning from church and wanted to get into the house but the officer could not be bothered,” the source said.
He said the bodyguard recognized one of the NDC supporters as an Alajo resident and asked him why they were throwing stones into the house.
He said it turned out that pockets of the NDC guys were firing warning shots.
“Some of them were armed with pistols. The bottles and stones were in the vehicles which brought some of them. Harry Zakour turned up and told us to stop firing the warning shots else his people would follow suit,” according to the source.
Regarding the allegation by Superintendent Cephas Arthur that one of the security chaps in Nana Akufo-Addo’s house pulled a weapon on the Commander of the Counter Terrorism Unit, one of the security men said, “Mr. Cephas Arthur only came to the crime scene in the afternoon, many hours after the siege. The said officer was not in uniform and had asked us to stop firing but we told him to get the attackers too to stop. He said if we did not he would ask his people to fire. Cephas’ narration was incorrect.”
The NPP has said utterances and actions of the NDC as a party showed clearly that the attack on Nana Akufo-Addo’s residence was premeditated.
Nana was in the Brong-Ahafo Region campaigning towards the December 7 polls at the time of the incident.