I had no knowledge about operation of SWAT-IGP

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr David Asante-Apeatu has told the Justice Emile Short Commission that he had no knowledge that the office of National Security deployed a SWAT team of masked operatives for an operation around the private residence of the main opposition National Democratic Congress’ parliamentary candidate, Mr Delali Kwasi Brempong on the day of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

He was responding a question posed to him by the Commission on whether he had prior knowledge about the SWAT operation.

The National Security claimed they had intelligence that the NDC candidate had stockpiled arms in his private residence on the day of the election on 31 January 2019 and, therefore, stormed his residence which is situated close to the La-Bawaleshie polling centre on the day of the poll.

The masked men fired at a crowd that had gathered in front of the candidate’s house and had prevented them from entering the residence.

Sixteen supporters of the NDC were injured in the process.

President Akufo-Addo set up the three-member Commission of Inquiry to probe the shooting incident and offer solutions to prevent future electoral violence in the country.

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