Ayawaso violence: I didn’t arrive with 15 motorbikes – Sam George

The NDC Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, has dismissed claims by the National Security Minister that he arrived at the La Bawaleshie polling station during the by-election with 15 men on motorbikes.

The claims had earlier been made by the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah and the Commander of the SWAT team DSP Samuel Azugu that Mr. George arrived at the polling station with 15 men on motorbikes ostensibly to foment trouble.

Appearing before the Commission of Inquiry probing the Ayawaso-West-Wuogon constituency by-election violence on January 31, Mr. George said those claims are pure fabrication adding that he drove to the election grounds alone in his vehicle.

Mr. George narrated that there were more than 20 gun shots by the masked heavily built men who he said assaulted him and other people during the by-election.

The Ningo-Prampram MP also after a long narration tendered in evidence over 20 shell casings of bullets fired on the day of the by-election, claiming they were fired by the National Security operatives deployed on the day.

Six people were shot at the Bawaleshie polling centre of the constituency, compelling the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to withdraw from the exercise citing safety concerns.

Voters were electing a new Member of Parliament (MP) for the area in the by-election necessitated by the demise of the incumbent Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko last year, representing the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Today is the fifth day since the Emile Short led commission began its public hearing and it has requested members of the public wishing to submit information, statements, or other relevant materials to do so through their secretariat.

It has former Dean of the Faculty of Law of GIMPA and private legal practitioner, Mr. Ernest Kofi Abotsi as its Secretary.

Henrietta Mensah Bonsu and Patrick K. Acheampong are also members of the Commission.

The commission has been given one month to complete its work.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM

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