NPP to fly party flags at half-mast; suspects foul play in JB Danquah’s murder

The opposition New Patriotic Party is suspecting foul play in the stabbing and killing of the party’s Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region.

Acting National Chairman of the NPP, Fredie Blay, told journalists the circumstances of the killing of Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu, points clearly to a well planned and executed assassination.

He said the party wants immediate and credible investigations into the incident by the police to bright closure to the matter.

Mr. Blay catalogued a number of similar killings which the police have not been able to bring closure to so far.

The list of unsolved murders, he said, is too long for comfort.

The NPP woke up to the grisly murder of its MP for Abuakwa North Tuesday dawn.

Some unknown assailants placed a ladder on the late MP’s Accra home and climbed to the upper terrace and accessed his bedroom through the window.

The Police say he suffered multiple stab wounds after a struggle with his attacker(s) and died whilst being rushed to the hospital.

The leadership of the New Patriotic Party has asked that all party flags across the country should be flown at half-mast, for a six-day period beginning Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in honour of the memory of two party stalwarts who passed away hours apart under tragic circumstances.

Ben Kwaw, acting NPP Chairman In the Western region Ben Kwaw was pronounced dead at the Effia-Nkwanta regional Hospital in Sekondi Monday morning after he collapsed at his private residence at Airport Ridge.

According to a source close to the family, the 54-year collapsed whiles preparing to go and chair their usual Regional Executive Committee meeting. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors on duty pronounced him dead.

Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu, NPP Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, was stabbed to death at his residence at Shiashi in Accra by some unknown assailants on Tuesday dawn.

He suffered multiple stab wounds after a struggle with his attacker(s) and died whilst being rushed to the hospital, according to the police; who suspect foul play.

A statement signed by the party’s acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay, expressed the NPP’s condolences to the bereaved family.

“We mourn and stand together with the families of our departed patriots in this moment of shock and grief,” he said.

Whiles appealing to all to “avoid any form of unnecessary and possibly harmful speculation” even as the security agencies conduct investigations to ensure “perpetrators of this horrible crime” are made to face the full rigours of the law, he catalogued a litany of instances of cases which have still not been resolved and prayed government “revise its policies and strategies” at the “growing levels of insecurity” in the country.

We also call on the government, in the light of a long list of such incidents in recent times, to take a critical look and revise its policies and strategies towards the growing levels of insecurity and unsolved murders in the country,” the statement read.

Read the full statement below

NPP DIRECTS PARTY FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-MAST

The leadership of the New Patriotic Party hereby directs that all party flags at all regional and constituency offices across the country should be flown at half-mast, from today, February 9, 2016, to Monday, February 15, 2016.

This is in honour of the memory of the late Mr. Ben Kwaw, NPP acting Western Regional Chairman, and the late Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu, NPP Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, who passed away within the last couple of days.

Our deepest condolences go out to the families of these two distinguished sons of our Great Party, and we also call on all party faithful to remain calm in these trying moments.

Regarding the murder of Hon. J.B Danquah Adu, for which the Police currently suspect foul play, it is our hope that a professional and swift investigation will be carried out, so that the perpetrators of this horrible crime will be made to face the full rigours of the law. We call on all to avoid any form of unnecessary and possibly harmful speculation at this time.

We also call on the government, in the light of a long list of such incidents in recent times, to take a critical look and revise its policies and strategies towards the growing levels of insecurity and unsolved murders in the country.

Instances of cases which have still not been resolved are as follows:

·         December 5, 2014- Branch Manager of Ecobank Ghana shot at Abrepo in Kumasi

·         November 12, 2015 – Vodafone marketing officer shot dead at his house in Sakumono

·         November 3, 2015 – Nkwanta South DCE in the Volta Region shot dead

·         September 14, 2015 – Nana Adusa Gyapong, the chief of Atwima Koforidua in the Ashanti Region gunned down by unknown assailants.

·         June 21, 2014 – Paramount Chief of the Nanumba Traditional Area, Naa Dasana Andani, killed.

·         March 12, 2014 – Nii Ayittey Noyatse, the Joma Mantse, shot and killed by unidentified assailants.

·         November 5, 2013 – Paramount Chief of Seikwa, Nana Kwaku Dwumah Ankoana II, assassinated

·         March 13, 2014 – Fennec Okyere, manager of hiplife artiste, Kwaw Kese, shot dead.

We mourn and stand together with the families of our departed patriots in this moment of shock and grief.