A visually impaired ex-officer of the Ghana Armed Forces, Christian Humphrey Agbeviade and some 14 others arrested in Kpetoe on Sunday, July 5, 2020, have been granted bail by the police after scores of supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress besieged the Kpetoe police station in the Agotime-Ziope district of the Volta region.
The suspects who were travelling from Ziope to Kpetoe onboard a Hyundai bus with registration number GR-3234-M were intercepted at about 2pm on Sunday 5 July 2020 by some members of the New Patriotic Party before being handed over to the District Police Command in Kpetoe.
Speaking to the media, MP for Agotime-Ziope, Charles Agbeve said the arrest of these persons was unfortunate and uncalled for while adding that the suspects are natives of his hometown -Hornugo, a suburb of Ziope.
Their arrest drew agitations from some residents of Ziope and Kpetoe, who massed up at the police station last night to demand for their release amidst chanting of war songs and throwing of stones atop the roofing of the police station but for the intervention of some MPs and Executives of the NDC things would have gone worse.
Speaking to Starr News, the party’s Regional Secretary who was incensed by the incident said, “The NPP should not give frivolous definition to who a Ghanaian is; that notwithstanding, if they have any cause to believe that someone is not a Ghanaian, the law is that you go and feel a challenge form at the registration center but not to arrest the people and put them through this psychological torture.”
The Chairman for the Volta Caucus in Parliament and MP for Ho West, Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzrah also described the incident as what appears to be “a form of intimidation from the ruling New Patriotic Party,” while cautioning that such acts would not be countenanced by the NDC in the region.