The Ghana Police Service have arrested two people wanted in connection with the violent disturbances that occurred during the NDC’s National Youth and Women’s Congress.
The police, who had issued a wanted notice for these persons, earlier stated that the disturbances on December 10, in Cape Coast, led to the injury of three persons and the destruction of property.
The two suspects, Abdul Halid Shaibu alias Oluu and Ibrahim Razak, who were among the 16 persons declared wanted for their involvement in the disturbances, were arrested through targeted intelligence operations at Tamale in the Northern Region on January 7, 2023.
A statement from the police indicated that, the two suspects are currently being held in custody, and assisting the Police with investigations.
They added that “the faces of the suspects have been shown because they had been declared wanted with their images already displayed in our quest to seek public assistance in getting them arrested”.
The police stated that targeted intelligence operations are still ongoing to arrest the remaining 14 suspects, and assured the public that they would work to ensure the suspects face justice.
A bounty of Gh¢10,000 had been placed on the heads of some 16 members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) who allegedly engaged in violent disturbances at the just- ended national youth and women congress of the party held in Cape Coast.
The Police Service had declared the 16 people wanted in connection with their involvement in a series of violent activities during the party’s youth and women congress.
“While proceedings were ongoing at the Congress, two rival groups violently clashed, throwing stones, blocks, sticks, clubs, chairs, among others, causing injury to three persons and destruction to property,” the Police said in a statement.
“A Ghc10, 000.00 reward has been set aside for any member of the public who can provide credible information to the police that can lead to the arrest of any of the suspects,” it had announced.
According to the statement, an intervention on the part of the Police brought the situation under control for the processes to continue to the end without any further incident.
The statement said after an initial review of Police-specific video footages of the event, “16 suspects have so far been identified as some of the people involved in the violence and have been declared wanted.”
It added that the photographs of the 16 wanted persons extracted from the Police-specific-footages had been published for the public to assist in arresting them.
Excerpts of videos from the congress showed how some NDC members, who were supposedly delegates, had engaged in free-for-all fights.
Though it was not clear what may have triggered the chaotic incident, there were vivid reports and footages about thugs throwing chairs at each other. Some people could also be seen pouncing on others, while several others were seen fleeing the scene to avoid being hurt.
The Police further entreated the public and stakeholders who may have information about the whereabouts of the suspects not to hesitate to inform any nearby police station or the Police headquarters for a handsome reward, assuring that their identities would not be disclosed.