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Hopeson Adorye in custody over his dynamite detonation claims

Mr. Hopeson Yaovi Adorye

A prominent member of the Movement for Change, Hopeson Adorye, has been arrested after confessing to detonating dynamite in the Volta Region during the 2016 elections. Mr. Adorye is currently in police custody, assisting the Ghana Police Service with their investigations.

According to Myjoyonline sources within the Police Service, Mr Adorye was arrested on Wednesday, May 22. The arrest follows an interview he gave on Accra FM on May 10, where he claimed to have been part of an orchestration to detonate dynamites to scare voters in the stronghold of the National Democratic Congress to pave the way for a New Patriotic Party (NPP) win.

In the interview, Mr Adorye, who was an NPP member but now serves as the director of special duties for Alan Kyerematen’s Movement for Change, explained that the dynamite explosions were intended to intimidate voters in the opposition stronghold of the Volta Region.

He claimed that this tactic was initiated by the New Patriotic Party. “Prior to the elections, we blasted dynamite in parts of the Volta Region, and that scared a number of people. When I finished casting my ballot in Tema, I drove to the Volta Region, and when I asked for the number of people who had voted and the expected number of voters, it turned out people did not come out to vote,” he is quoted to have said. The police are conducting investigation into these allegations.

By:  Ernest K. Arhinful

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