Police in Asawase in the Ashanti Region, say they are unable to immediately establish if the stabbing of a New Patriotic Party (NPP) member in the area on Friday was politically motivated.
The Police will not conclude that the criminal act was carried out by persons from rival political grouping in the NPP, insisting that Asawase on Friday between dawn and noon witnessed three different criminal cases including the burning of a suspected thief, a situation which police say makes it difficult at least for now to state what might have motivated the stabbing.
A member of the opposition New Patriotic Party in Asawase, Abubakar Sadique Mohammed was thrust to death by some unknown assailants.
The young man was part of persons who angrily stormed and ransacked the Party’s constituency office yesterday protesting over comments by local Chairman Isaac Brenya, who called for the Party’s 2016 flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to step down.
Speaking to Kasapa News, the Asawase District Police Commander, Supt. James Annor stated that his outfit had begun investigations into the crime and will bring to book whoever is found complicit in the criminal act.
He added that the police is fully aware of the repercussion that might come with the stabbing of the man and have mapped out an effective security strategy to deal with any eventuality.
“The police are firmly on the ground. We have heightened the security level in the area to quell any reprisal attack which might come from any group. We are committed to making Asawase a peaceful place to ensure that law abiding citizens go about their legitimate activities unhindered.”
Meanwhile, the NPP has asked the police to as a matter of urgency launch full investigations to bring to book killers of the deceased member of the party in the Asawase constituency.
Director of Communications of the party Nana Akomea in an interview condemned the murder and said: “We want the police to investigate quickly and bring the perpetrators to book.
He described the murder of Abubakar Saddiq as “unfortunate.”
“The party condemns it. We don’t know what kind of provocation people came under for people to use lethal weapons on themselves.
“Meanwhile, the local party will meet and commiserate with the family if it is confirmed the dead person was a member or an NPP officer,” he said.