No single soul was prosecuted over Talensi, Atiwa & other electoral violence cases-Oduro


 

The immediate past director general of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), COP [rtd] Bright Oduro, has revealed on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5that no single soul was prosecuted in relations to the Talensi and Atewa by-elections violence that occurred under the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He made the disclosure on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm with host Kwabena Agyapong.

In the case of the Talensi by-election violence, the retired police officer said, not a single person was arrested and prosecuted over the violent attacks.

But in the case of Atewa, some persons were arrested and an action initiated. However, the case was withdrawn and no prosecution was pursued.

He was speaking in relations to the recent Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.

He described the shooting incident, which saw more than 15 people injured as bad.

He was disappointed the National Security deployed untrained vigilante group members to man an election.

When asked if politicians interfere with the work of the police, he said, politicians interfere with the work of the police if the cases are politically related.

‘’With the Atewa’s case, there was an investigation but there was no prosecution,’’ he said.

He explained the electoral laws allows the police to forward  dockets on such cases to the Attorney General and that was something the police did but the AG may have advised against prosecuting such cases.

Meanwhile, a group calling itself ‘NPP Youth for Integrity’ has called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to establish Commissions of Inquiry to investigate a number of violent incidents recorded in parts of the country.

The group said the electoral violence that took place in Asunafo, Asutifi, Talensi, Chereponi and other places in recent past, ought to be investigated like the recent Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.

“Inasmuch as we applaud and welcome the move to enquire into what brought about the unnecessary confusion and disturbances that marred the beauty of Ayawaso West Wuogon by elections, we believe the state can’t keep a close eye to the worst scenarios that greeted the Asutifi, Asunafo, Talensi, Atiwa, Chereponi, Asawase, Agbogbloshie, Akwatia, and many other places where several number of innocent people suffered similar or even worst attacks for no wrong doings,” it stated.

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