Soldiers, Police Seize Placards Against Akufo-Addo In Navrongo (VIDEO)

Military and police personnel have seized placards bearing anti-government messages from protesters in Navrongo during President Nana Akufo-Addo’s tour of the Upper East Region Wednesday.

Military and police personnel have seized placards bearing anti-government messages from protesters in Navrongo during President Nana Akufo-Addo’s tour of the Upper East Region Wednesday.

Ahead of President Akufo-Addo’s visit to the Kasena Nankana Municipal Assembly, which is located few meters away from the former NDC constituency chairman’s residence, some NDC supporters lined-up the street with placards that summed up their issues with the President.

Messages such as “Mr. President, stop renaming and build your own”, “Mr President, we want dams not dugout”, Mr. President, where is our one million dollars?” and “NPP is a scam” were held by the protesters along the street to the assembly.

But the military and police officers were said to have been called in by the Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul, to clear the protesters from the ground on the basis that those messages were against Nana Akufo-Addo and the government.

A video footage sighted by 3news.com showed some military officers forcefully taking the messages which were written on papers, from the protesters and tore them apart.

Some of the protesters were heard asking the officers whether Ghana was under military rule while asserting their democratic rights but the officers who appeared desperate would not budge.

“Are we in a military rule or what?” one man was heard saying in the video captured by one of the protesters.

Another angry man said, “You know what, we are now going to hoot at him [Nana Akufo-Addo”.

One of the protesters went into a shop in an apparent move to prevent the officers from seizing his placard was chased by the soldiers and forcibly took the placard in a confrontational manner.