President Akufo-Addo has suspended the Upper West Regional Minister, Sulemana Alhassan with immediate effect.
This was contained in a statement from the Presidency signed by the Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin, on Thursday, 1st February,2018.
The suspension comes after some irate youth purported to be members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) besieged the Upper West Regional office of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) on Wednesday evening and chased out the Regional Director, Isaac Seidu.
The statement said the Deputy Upper west Regional Minister, Mr Amidu Ishaq “will act as a Regional Minister in the interim, pending the conclusion of investigation”.
The Minister has been in office for 12 months and the first Regional Minister to be suspended under the Akufo-Addo administration.
According to Citi News, at about 5:00 PM on Wednesday, the youth from the Wa East district, numbering about 30, arrived in two pickups and a minibus and attacked the NADMO office and made away with about GHc 5,000.
Mr. Seidu reportedly escaped unhurt, but his personal assistant, Osman Seidu was beaten to a pulp and rushed to the Upper West Regional Hospital.
After the police arrested three persons who had besieged the office, the Regional Minister, Alhassan Suleiman, ordered the release of the three persons.