Member of parliament for Ningo Prampram Sam Nartey George has appeared before the Justice Emile Short Commission set up to investigate the violence that marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election organised on 31 January 2019.
Mr George, who was assaulted by some national security operatives in the melee, told the Commission that he did not provoke his attacker to warrant his assault but only asked if he [the attacker] was a security officer or a party agent.
The lawmaker disclosed that while he was being assaulted, a uniformed police officer refused to protect him but rather picked up a phone belonging to his attacker, which fell after his assailant had dealt him [Sam George] a punch.
Mr George noted that he has been able to identify his attacker as one Mohammed Sulley, who works with national security.
Narrating his ordeal to the Commission on Monday, 25 February 2019, Mr George said in the course of the melee, which arose as a result of multiple gunshots fired into the crowd by the national security operatives, “I saw an individual in a white t-shirt and brown trousers lying motionless bleeding from his mouth and his nose. As I made my way out, I saw the deputy regional women’s organiser of the NDC running and crying: ‘They’ve killed him’. At the time, I had left with Double [nickname of a national security operative]. The gentleman was motionless and bleeding from his mouth and nose after I’ve seen him being kicked repeatedly on the floor [by four or five national security operatives].
“I repeated to the men: ‘This is so wrong, you can’t kill a man in his own house; this is wrong. No matter how long it takes, justice will be served’. As I walked away, my name was called from a vehicle, ‘Sam George, Sam George you think you are so strong? You’ll see what we’ll do to you’.
“At that point, I turned around and asked: ‘What will you do to me? Are you a security officer or a party agent?’ These were my questions to them. I said nothing more than that. The last thing I remember being said to me from the officer in the vehicle was: ‘This is the beginning of 2020. Walahi.’
“Then I noticed a gentleman standing to my left was hit by one of the security operatives standing there. I was trying to understand what was going on when another officer dressed in all black, who I have gone ahead to identify as Mohammed Sulley, the son of the late Nanton Na and an operative of the national security, who was on an operation that day, assaulted me.
“He hit me the first time and I pushed him back and asked him: ‘Why are you hitting me, what is my offence?’ And he hit me a second time.
“There were uniformed police officers on the scene and the only intervention was to pick up a mobile phone of the national security operative that had fallen down and not to protect me, an unarmed citizen of the Republic of Ghana.
“From the corner of my eye, I noticed another national security operative, this time dressed in the black top and a [pair of] khaki trousers and wearing a bulletproof vest. He was also masked, jumped and hit me from the side of the neck. So, when I hear testimonies that I was assaulted by one man, my Lords, the evidence and videos contradict that position. At least, two officers of the national security assaulted me.”