Two suspects are in the custody of the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command following the attack on the Member of Parliament for Asunafo South Constituency, Eric Opoku, by some unknown assailants.
About 50 workers of the Metro Mass Transit Limited were sent home for reporting to work late on Tuesday 3 April 2018.
Business activities begin as early as 8:00am at the Accra office and the workers are supposed to be at post by that time however, the workers arrived 30 minutes late. Some of them were still trooping in at 10:50am.
The Board Chairman of the Metro Mass Transit Limited, Ahmed Arthur, told ClassFMonline.com that the attitude of the workers “is bad, this is not good for the company”.
He continued: “At 8:30am I realised they were coming in droves so I told the security man to lock the gate and that anyone who comes in around that time should write the name and go back home”
“I stood there to observe to observe and they wrote their names and left there to the office around 10:50am. At 10:50am when I was leaving people were still coming in”.
He explained that the workers will subsequently be sanctioned according to what is prescribed by the country’s labour laws and management will take a decision soon.
He bemoaned the conduct of the personnel who emphasised that things will “have to change that is why we are serious about it and it is affecting every sector of the company”.
The assailants also inflicted deep machete wounds on three other persons believed to be supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In an interview with Citi News, the Brong Ahafo Regional Police PRO, Chief Inspector Augustine Oppong, indicated that the Police are on the lookout for other suspects while the two undergo interrogation.
“Yesterday [Monday], we were able to arrest two people and they have been brought to the Regional Police Headquarters which is in Sunyani. We are taking their statements and if we realize that the evidence is cogent enough, we process them for court. If you look at the traces at the gate of the Minister, we can be sure that the people are more than five. As we have arrested two, we are also going to hunt for the rest.”
This is the second attack on Eric Opoku’s private residence after a similar attack in December 2017.
NPP condemns attack
The attack has been condemned by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the constituency.
The party in a statement signed by the Communications Director of the NPP in the constituency, Nana Adusei Opoku, also urged the Police to bring the perpetrators to book regardless of their party affiliation.
“The NPP in Asunafo South does not support some of these things. In fact, we were the persons who spoke against some these obnoxious acts when we were in opposition,” he told Citi News.
“We solidarise with our MP even though he belongs to the other side of the political divide, we think that some of these things do not help the constituency to move forward. Crime has no color and you being an NPP member doesn’t exonerate you from the courts if you are found to be the culprit of a crime. So if it happens that some of our members are behind this thing, the police should take over and the courts will deal with them,” Nana Adusei Opoku stressed.