Ashanti Police was “unprofessional, inept” in Delta Force attack – Group

DCOP Ken Yeboah, Ashanti Regional Police Commander

A civil society group, Right Alliance-Ghana, has described as unprofessional, the conduct of the Police before, during and after the infamous Delta Force attack on a Circuit Court in Kumasi that caused 13 accused persons to escape from custody.

The group says the action of the Police in the episode is “most unprofessional, inept and suspicious” primarily because the Police in the Ashanti Region provided only two truncheon-wielding officers to protect the court for a such an explosive case.

In a statement issued Monday, Right Alliance said utterances by member of parliament, Kennedy Agyapong among others, gives them enough cause to believe the violence by the Delta Force vigilante group was masterminded by some New Patriotic Party elements and the Police in the region.

Read the full statement below

Following the dastardly attack on the Kumasi Circuit Court by some members of the ‘Delta Force’, a militant group of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in reaction to the ruling by the presiding judge, Her Honour Mary Senkyire, remanding them in prison custody, the Right Alliance-Ghana has carefully monitored reactions from the public and statements by organized groups and civil society organisations including the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), the Judicial Council and Coalition of Domestic Elections Observers (CODEO), and wishes to add its voice to the condemnation of the act and reiterate its calls on the President and relevant authorities to deal with such militant groups firmly and conclusively. We feel particularly scandalized by the fact that this latest insurrection took place in the court room leading to threats on the person of the presiding judge, freeing of accused persons in lawful custody and destruction of court property. This, we consider, as a serious case of judicial contempt and attack on both the independence of the judiciary and rule of law and therefore find statements by the GBA and Judicial Council as rather half-hearted and insipid. In equal measure, the Right Alliance-Ghana finds the action of the Police before, during and after the court proceedings as most unprofessional, inept and suspicious considering that they provided only two truncheon-wielding police officers to guard the court in such an explosive hearing, a situation the Regional Police PRO, ASP Yaw Nketia Yeboah, tried to play down in a media interview. Public pronouncements by the NPP Member of Parliament for Assin North, Hon Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, in the aftermath of the Delta Force assault on the Ashanti Regional Security Liaison Officer, Mr George Agyei, appointed by the President, daring anyone to attempt prosecuting the brigands, make him complicit in the recent attacks. Above all, the Right Alliance-Ghana has enough cause to believe that the whole saga was an orchestration masterminded by elements within both the NPP and the Regional Police Command. We also find attempts by some media houses and public commentators at lumping these miscreants calling themselves vigilante groups with the active youth wings of some other political parties, particularly the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as most hypocritical and unfortunate. Such attempts at equalization only end up diluting the enormity of the situation and pushing the matter under the rug. The Right Alliance-Ghana therefore calls on the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, and all relevant security operatives including the Inspector-General of Police, COP David Asante Apeatu, to put their foot down and deal emphatically with this group of hoodlums called the Delta Force as well as all their counterparts in other regions. Hon Kennedy Agyapong must also be arrested immediately for interrogation. We also call on both the GBA and Judicial Council to go beyond calling for an investigation and actually constitute a panel to try the members of the group for criminal contempt. Finally, we call on all other civil society organisations to stop the pretentious oblivion and raise their voices in condemnation of such reprehensible acts because if care is not taken, things could get worse. Indeed, we fear for the future security of this country with the signals we are seeing now. God Bless Our Homeland Ghana.

#Long Live the Right Alliance-Ghana! #Long Live the Fourth Republic! #Long Live Ghana!

Signed King Khorby Director of Communications, the Right Alliance-Ghana.

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