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Political Tension Brews in Ghana After Peaceful Transition of Power

Barely a month after the peaceful transition of political power from the John Mahama administration to incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo, a new wave of tension is said to be brewing in the polity as members of the ‘Invisible Forces’ – a para-military arm of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) are reportedly taking the laws into their hands.

According to reports, the NPP’s ‘Invisible Forces’ Wednesday night besieged the national security flats around the Fiesta Royale hotel in Accra.

The militant group who were reportedly carried in six vehicles to the premises for the operation, claimed they were sent to take over the flats by the chief of staff to the President Frema Opare.

Attempts by the media to obtain a reaction from the Flagstaff House have failed at the time of filing this report.

The flats are official residences for serving national security operatives.

The development comes on the backdrop of the raiding of the home of the opposition National Democratic Congress’ National Organiser Kofi Adams by armed personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces Wednesday afternoon.

The security operatives seized five vehicles from the home of Mr. Adams.

Reacting to the development, former President John Mahama said the “unprovoked” attacks on members and leaders of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) must end.

“The unprovoked attacks on NDC functionaries and supporters are needless and must end. Yesterday, the National Organiser of the NDC’s residence was invaded by security men from the seat of Government, the Flagstaff House in his absence, in search of vehicles when they knew very well they were on the wrong path. This must end,” Mahama said in a Facebook post.

Meanwhile, in another development, reports indicate that the Flagstaff House is being safeguarded by the ‘Invisible Forces’ forcing the country’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, to fiercely debunk the claims.

“It hasn’t been brought to my attention…No [it’s not true],” he revealed on local radio station Starr FM in Accra.

Mr. Asante-Apeatu was appointed acting IGP by President Akufo-Addo last week following the retirement of former IGP John Kudalor.


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