A journalist with Accra based Amansaman Television (ATV), Hamzy Lansah together with his cameraman were today attacked by Azorka Boys during the Minority Political Parties demonstrations in the Tamale Metropolis.
According to the Suliaman, the demonstrators from behind at the Tamale Traffic Lights Junction when the NDC Azorka Boys appeared from nowhere, slapped him and seized his video camera.
The opposition parties in the region defied a police appeal to postponed a demonstration they call, ‘Dimiiya’ meaning ‘times are hard’, in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale following security reasons. The parties led by the New Patriotic Party are demonstrating over high utility tariffs and difficult economic situation in the country.
The coalition, including the CPP, PPP, NDP and APC said it was too late to call off the protest scheduled for Monday and however took to the streets without police cover which resulted to some disturbances from the ruling National Democratic Congress led by its regional Chairman Chief Sofo Azorka.
Speaking to North Star news on the development, Hamza Lansah said after the heckling from the Azorka Boys, he approached the regional Chairman to assist him recover his camera in the possession of his boys, but to his dismay, Chief Sofo said “he will beat me if I don’t leave and I went away” he narrated. He revealed that the incident has been reported to the police station for redress, adding the camera is still in the possession of the NDC Azorka Boys.
The regional correspondent of Accra base Rainbow Radio also shared similarly sentiments as to being attacked by the NDC tags with allegiance to Chief Sofo Azorka.
In response to the incident, the NPP Northern Regional Chairman, Daniel Bugri Naabu warned the NDC Regional Chairman to desist from such acts or be prepared for the worse in other areas of the region.
“The NDC should be warned, what Azorka did today, the NPP has other mechanisms we can also use to counter the attack to make them miserable, who dare Azorka to stop us not to demonstrate” Bugri Naabu warned. He also commended the Ghana Police Service for turning up at the latter part of the demonstration to ensure security and peaceful march through the principal streets of Tamale.
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