Two grabbed over attack on newly elected Keta MP

Police in the Volta Region say two persons have been picked up as part of investigations into the attack on the newly elected Member of Parliament for the Keta constituency, Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey.

According to the police, the two persons were arrested on Friday, December 11, 2020, hours after the attack on the soon-to-be sworn-in legislator.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, Sergeant Prince Dogbatse, Volta Regional Police Public Relations Officer said, the police are treating the crime purely as a robbery incident and not a political-motivated incident.

“The police is treating this as a clear case of robbery that was visited on the MP-elect for the Keta constituency, and we have commenced investigations into it. Currently, we have picked two persons in connection with that crime, and they are assisting our investigations so far… We are treating this purely as a crime,” he said.

The police added that the two persons were arrested in the Anlo-Afiadenyigba area based on police intelligence.

“They were arrested within the environs of Anlo-Afiadenyigba…We will not give out too much information, but they are being interrogated,” he added.

Mr. Gakpey who was elected on December 7, 2020, as a first time MP for the Keta constituency was attacked by some gunmen on Friday dawn, December 11, 2020, at his residence at Afiadenyigba.

The incoming MP, however, managed to escape with injuries after running to the Afiadenyigba police station although he could not be assisted.

Sergeant Dogbatse said the MP-elect is receiving treatment at a health facility in the region together with other members of his household who were also attacked.

He added that police are currently providing protection for the MP-elect while he receives treatment and a decision will be taken on whether the protection will be extended after his treatment.

“The victim at the last check was at the hospital and was visited by the Divisional Commander of Keta, and he is hale and hearty. At the hospital, he was given security… That will be until he is discharged… A decision will be taken whether the protection should continue when he leaves the hospital,” he noted.

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