The military in Kumasi have impounded large cache of weapons allegedly from a known member of the National Democratic Congress in the Ashanti Region, the New Patriotic Party claims.
The weapons, according to the party, were seized from the said NDC man, Cobson of Asuoyeboah SSNIT Flats with house number AH 2015S Thursday night following a tip-off by some agents of New Patriotic Party.
The Ashanti Regional Police were said to have been first called in but they had to invite the military from the 4BN Brigade in Kumasi in view of the magnitude of the weapons which were concealed in a Jeep with Nigerian licence plate 468-13D. It was labelled as Peace MOWAC, the NPP claimed.
Three other vehicles, which were part of the jeep, have also been impounded while Cobson, who was arrested, is also in custody. Details of the weapons that are currently under the supervision of W/O1 Amoah, have not been disclosed as the security agencies are said to be investigating the matter.
The seizure of the weapons comes on the back of an earlier warning issued by the NPP Regional Chairman, Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako that the ruling party was planning to stockpile arms with the aim of causing violence in the region on December 7.
Addressing a news conference Thursday, Mr Antwi- Boasiako, popularly referred to as Chairman Wontumi called on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to save his people from destruction. He urged the Asantehene to intervene by calling the President John Mahama and his NDC members to order over their intention to cause mayhem in next week’s general elections.
We’ll defend Ghana, Asante Kingdom
According to him, they are ready to fight to defend the country, the Asante Kingdom and its people, warning that nothing will stop the NPP from protecting the integrity of the polls. “We were born here and we are ready to die here for our country, our Kingdom and our King” He said. The NPP regional chairman also charged the Police and the Military to live above reproach, by executing their duties in a manner devoid of bias and discrimination.
He pointed out that the current incident is a test case of the integrity of the security agencies, stressing the NPP is following with key interest and anxiety, how the security agencies will handle the matter. “We have seen clearly the evil intentions of the NDC and how they intend to cause violence in the region; we want to know how the security will deal with this case,” he noted.
Voters’ register discrepancies
The Ashanti Regional Chairman has meanwhile cautioned the Electoral Commission to also come clean on the number of discrepancies in the voters’ register as well as the widespread cases of infractions that occurred during yesterday’s Special Voting. Chairman Wontumi questioned why there are inconsistencies in the figures presented to the NPP and the one available on the EC’s own website.