NPP applies for police protection for Gloria Akuffo, Philip Addison

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Philip Addison, lead counsel for the election petitionersThe New Patriotic Party (NPP) has applied to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for police protection for Gloria Akuffo and Philip Addison, both members of the legal team for the petitioners in the ongoing Supreme Court case challenging the December 2012 elections.

The party made the official application to the IGP on Thursday requesting for police protection for Mrs Akuffo, a member of the legal team for the petitioners,  as well as Mr Addison, the lead counsel for the petitioners.

In a statement from the Communication Directorate of the party, it said the request was made after two ‘macho men’ on a motorbike, on Monday May 13 2013, went to the offices of Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co. demanding to know the residential address of Gloria Akuffo. The two were subsequently referred to Mr Alex Quainoo, one of the lawyers at the firm.

After listening to their requests, Mr Alex Quainoo, however, turned them away.

Two days after the strange visit and demand, the office of Gloria Akuffo was burgled.

According to the statement, Captain Koda (retd), Head of Security of Nana Akufo-Addo’s outfit, earlier this week reported the incidents to the office of the IGP and requested for official police protection for Mrs Akuffo and other members of the legal team.

According to Captain Kodah, he was asked to return with a formal written application, copied to the Director of Operations of the Ghana Police ServiGloria Akuffoce, DCOP John Kudalor, for action to be expedited on the matter.

This official request was presented to the IGP on Thursday, the statement added.

It will be recalled that the office of Gloria Akuffo was recently broken into by unknown assailants resulting in the theft of two computers, as well as the hard drive and memory of a server in the office.

The first intrusion of her office was on Sunday, December 16, 2012, barely a week after the general election and at a time the NPP had indicated its preparedness to challenge the results of the December 2012 presidential  election in court.