Lawyers for various persons who sustained various injuries during the Ayawaso By-election violence have exposed the National Security Ministry for surreptitiously “smuggling” the victims into a meeting to pay them some amounts as compensation without proper negotiation.
Lawyers Abraham Amaliba and Victor Adawudu said there has been no negotiation with the victims before agreeing on any amount to be paid the victims
Chief Director of the ministry, one Col Ababio Serebour (retd) who led the process was prevented from giving the package to the victims by their lawyers. He said National Security Minister Albert Kan Dapaah had even increased the original amount they planned to give out.
The National Security Ministry convened a meeting on 22nd October, 2021 at the Ministry under the pretext of negotiation but made moves to effect payments which lawyers for some of the victims opposed.
Some of the victims expressed appreciation to former President John Dramani Mahama and the opposition National Democratic Congress for supporting them in the aftermath of the violence
A new date is set to be fixed for an agreement to be reached.
The Ayawaso West by-election took place on 31 January 2019 after the death of the incumbent MP Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko on 21 November 2018. Lydia Alhassan of the New Patriotic Party was elected with 69% of the votes.
Violence erupted in the area of the La-Bawaleshie polling station two hours after the election had started, though there was no death recorded there where casualties.
In the melee, the Ningo-Prampram MP, Mr Sam George, was assaulted and media reports indicated that 18 people were wounded by gunshots.
The perpetrators were masked, allegedly men from the National Security Operative.