March 1, 2011

Executives of the opposition New Patriotic Party in the Zabzugu constituency of the Northern Region have identified and submitted to the police names of seven suspected NDC youth activists, who allegedly attacked the Member of Parliament for Zabzugu, Hon. Jabaah John Bennam during his recent visit to the constituency.

The Zabzugu MP, who won the seat on the ticket of the NPP, was assaulted, allegedly, by NDC youth activists on the night of Thursday February 24, as he escorted two buses meant for the Zabzugu and Tatale senior high schools.

His private Nissan double cabin pickup with registration number GW 9650Z was vandalized and his wife who was with him in the vehicle injured, but no arrest has been made so far.

Addressing a news conference in Tamale, Ahamed .A. Iddi Adakwa, NPP communications officer for the Zabzugu constituency mentioned Shirazu Yakubu (the prime suspect), Abukari Abdulai, Aliu Abdulai, Saaka Alhassan alias Saaka Bela, Gafaru Mashoud, Shaibu Dauda alias Grant and Abass Salifu, all NDC youth activists as the perpetrators.

He expressed the constituency executives’ anger over the undue delay in arresting the perpetrators and warned that any attempt to shield them could destabilize the peace of the area.

The Zabzugu constituency NPP communications officer reminded the police of President John Mills’ instruction to the security apparatus to be on “red alert” on war-mongers and asked them to apply it on the identified Zabzugu NDC youth activists who he described as terrorists causing mayhem in Zabzugu.

Ahamed Adakwa further asserted that the suspects were ring leaders of an irate NDC youth group that fired a gun in broad daylight and locked up the Zabzugu National Health Insurance Scheme Offices in March 23, 2010.

“A trek down memory lane reveals that the perpetrators were the same NDC youth sighted during the broad day light attack on officers of the district NHIS in Zabzugu leading to a gun shot on March 23, 2010” he alleged.

Ahmed Adakwa also accused both the District Chief Executive, Hon Moro Wahab and the NDC constituency Chairman, Alhaji Amadu Sonnaa of being the brains behind the continuous victimization of NPP members in Zabzugu.

“We wish to remind both the DCE and his party Chairman under whose aegis these deviants operate that Zabzugu is bigger than any individual’s political expediency” Ahamed Adakwa emphasized.

Ahmed Adakwa mentioned the extension of pipe borne water to Zabzugu Senior High School, registration of 4,800 needy people under the National Health Insurance Scheme, construction of a CHIPS compound at Yachadow and the construction of a 3 unit classroom block at Bitido as some of the achievements of the MP which made the NDC nervous.