An armed gang clad in military uniform reportedly raided the headquarters of Ghana’s main opposition party, the New Patriotic Party, on Monday in an attack that may likely raise political tension just one year before the country holds its presidential elections.The NPP said that around 15 men using military and police vehicles vandalized its offices in a downtown neighborhood at around 0100 and confiscated computer equipment.Talking to Reuters, police spokesperson Cephas Arthur said that it was not yet clear who conducted the break-in, suggesting it was a “civilian raid” rather than one carried out by the security forces.Next year’s elections will see incumbent President John Mahama battle it out against Nana Akufo-Addo, whom he narrowly defeated in 2012.Mahama’s national Democratic Congress party endorsed him as its candidate on Monday.NPP’s Communications Director Nana Akomea released a statement on the raid saying that the party did not know who conducted it.He said that three party officials were made to surrender their phones before being shoved into a security post and locked up. A couple of minutes later, the men dressed in military uniform ordered them out.“They (the armed men) produced a sack and proceeded to pour the contents out on the floor. The contents included four AK-47s and four machetes which the military uniformed men claimed to have found on the compound,” it said.
Steve SheaSteven Shea, 60, of Oxford, died Monday, December 8, 2014, at his home in Oxford.Graveside Memorial Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2014 at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Wellington. No visitation is scheduled as cremation has taken place. A memorial has been established with the NRA and may be left with the Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Steven Lloyd Shea was born November 16, 1954 the son of Lloyd and Naomi (Osborn) Shea in Ottawa, KS. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1973. Steven worked as a machinist at TECT for over 40 years. He enjoyed firearms of all kinds and was a gunsmith. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting and fishing. Steven was a member of the Kansas State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association.Steven is survived by his sister, Cindy Wiley of Oxford; stepdad, Jerry Price of Oxford, and niece, Christy Newlin, great nephews, Quentin Newlin and Bryson Mahurin; great nieces, Aubriannah Presinger and one great great-niece, Arienna Mahurin.He is preceded in death by his parents.