There appear to be something mysterious about the man who slapped Ningo Prampram MP, as there have been contradictions by people who have testified at the Emile Short Commission.
The latest to comment on the issue is the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu, who has said he does not know who slapped Ningo Prampram MP, Samuel Nartey George.
David Asante-Apeatu told the Emile Short Commission on Tuesday that although he has watched the viral video, he couldn’t identify the man who assaulted the former presidential staffer.
When asked by Justice Emile Short, who is leading an investigation into the violence that marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, whether the Service’s investigations have so far not been able to identify the man, he only said, “it will come to be known.”
In a video which has gone viral, a bulky-looking man jumped out of a vehicle and after approaching the opposition party’s MP, Sam George, menacingly threw his hands. The MP later said he was slapped.
The police have said they are investigating the mayhem and have assured the public they will ensure perpetrators of the violence are punished.
But it emerged on the first day of the Commission’s hearing that the man who slapped the MP has not been arrested.
The National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah told the Commission the operative – whose name he did not disclose – has been questioned.
He reported that the operative had warned the NDC MP not to cause fear and panic by spreading false information.
At the time, the MP had been pacing up and down meters away from the vehicle on a park at Bawaleshie in Accra announcing that “a man had been killed in his own house”. A claim that later turned out to be untrue.
The Minister reported to the Commission that the NDC MP was slapped after the operative’s repeated warnings were ignored.
During his appearance, Commander in charge of National Security SWAT team, DSP Samuel Kojo Azugu confirmed that the “attired” civilian officer who assaulted the MP was a member of the SWAT team.
According to the commander, Sam George made a sensitive comment that provoked the civilian operative and warranted the subsequent response from him.
DSP Azugu requested for an in-camera session for the exact comments from Sam George to be told the Commission when it was asked of him. This he said was due to the “sensitive” nature of the comments.
However, Mr Sam George disputed this when he appeared before Commission saying he only asked the National Security operatives whether they are security officers for the state or serving the interest government.
On his part, the Minister of State in-charge-of National Security, Bryan Acheampong described the incident as quite unfortunate.
He added that he had spoken to the MP saying, “I assured him that we were going to investigate the matter and the report will be shared with him…we will interview all persons involved and if there is any action that has to be taken, that action will be taken,” he said.