A National Democratic Congress executive in Salaga South constituency of the Savannah Region and nine others have been arrested for allegedly setting fire to the constituency office of the New Patriotic Party in the area.
Akufo-Addo names Damongo as capital of Savannah Region
They were picked up by the Police on Monday and arraigned Tuesday on charges of conspiracy and causing unlawful damage at the Tamale Circuit Court in the Northern Region.
Yakubu Abu, who is the NDC Communication Director, and the other suspects; Amudu Bawa, Seidu Alhassan, Ibrahim Abdul-Baki, Mustapha Baki, Ibrahim Ishmeala, Mustapha Abubakari, Muftao Mustaha, Ibrahim Iklilu, and Yaw Sakyi Sadat pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The court presided over by Mr Twumasi Appiah granted them bail. They are each to provide two sureties, each of whom must be receiving monthly salary of not less than 2,000 cedis.
The case has been adjourned to December 16.
Some youth of Salaga on February 12 went on rampage and set ablaze the offices of the New Patriotic Party in the town to protest the announcement of Damongo as the regional capital.
Billboards within Salaga bearing photographs of President Nana Akufo-Addo were pulled down by the angry protesting youth who threatened to storm the residence of the East Gonja Chief Executive to burn down the property.
The MCE, Mohammed Taminu, was at the time in Accra to attend the inauguration of the Savannah Region.
Videos from the town showed the red-white-blue elephant branded building in flames with smoke billowing into the air as scores of the youth, some of who wore read head and arm bands, looked on while others also were seen pulling down campaign billboards of the NPP.
Documents, office equipment among other electronic gadgets such as satellite dish and television sets have been consumed by the fire said to have set at about 6:00 p.m.