By: Victoria Soglo/Inhimisliferadio
Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Samuel Nartey George, has explained circumstances leading to his assault during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election last month.
According to him he only questioned the identity of a car bucket armed and masked men when one of the men in the bucket threatened “you will see what we will do to you”.
After which “one of the men jumped out and slapped him. Another joined in the assault. The last thing he recalled being said to him was” this was the beginning of 2020.”
The legislator who appeared before the Justice Emile Short Commission on Monday to testify on what happened the Commission that a uniformed police officer instead of restraining his attackers rather picked from the ground, a mobile phone of an operative.
He said he had to run for his dear life and as he run he heard gun shots and concluded it was fired at him.
“My Lord, recounting this leaves me a little traumatized because this was live fire straight at unarmed Ghanaian citizens and a Member of Parliament. In all honesty, my conclusion is that those shots were being fired at me. So I was running in a straight line when I heard it [shot] Maybe I have watched one movie too many [times], I realized I shouldn’t run in a straight line so I took a detour instead of running straight.
The Ningo Prapram Mp noted that he was at Ayawaso West Wuogon to discharge his duty as election monitor when the shooting which set off a series of events occurred.
Shots were immediately fired into the air. I immediately took cover against a wall and stood against it. Because, the next 60 seconds appeared to be stuff of an action movie. I saw a number of the armed men pull out their side weapons and fire into the direction of the crowd. I saw Double [a National Security operative] pull out his AK 47 and fire. The gun jammed; I saw him clear his chamber, reload the gun and fired several rounds from his AK47.”
The MP likened the Ayawaso shooting incident to an action movie, adding that he personally had seek cover “against a wall” in order to avoid being hit by stray bullets.
“I saw a number of the armed men pull out their side weapons and fire into the direction of the crowd. I saw Double [a National Security operative] pull out his AK 47 and fire. The gun jammed; I saw him clear his chamber, reload the gun and fired several rounds from his AK47.”
He further told the Commission that recounting events of the day has traumatized him.
At least seven persons were reported injured following a shooting incident during last month’s Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.