The Ashanti Regional chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Bernard Antwi Bosiako has been summoned to the Flagstaff House to explain the circumstances leading to the hounding out of office the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator by the Delta Force.
According to sources at the presidency, the action of the group was a clear disregard of president Akufo-Addo, who appointed George Adjei as the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator.
About 200 members of the group Friday March 24, 2017 stormed the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council to stop Mr. Adjei from performing his duties, citing that they cannot work with him because he was not a native of the region.
Chairman ‘Wontumi’ as Bosiako is affectionately called, is believed to have links with some members of the vigilante group hence his summoning to the seat of governance to elucidate on the circumstance under which they stormed Mr. Adjei’s office.
The Police in the Region has arrested four more suspects in connection with the attacks, bringing the number of suspects arrested to five including its leader, 37-year-old mechanic, Kwadwo Bamba. They have been charged with assault and causing unlawful damage.
According to StarrFMonline.com sources in the region, the five have been granted bail and are scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director for the West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE), Mutara Mumuni Muqthar charged government to declare the recent activities of vigilante groups like the Delta Force, Bolga Bull Dogs and Invisible Forces as a “national crisis”.
He said Monday on the Morning Starr, that the continuous reports of vicious vigilantism is worrying and that it is “high time we look at it in terms of a crisis.”
“This is not the first time….this is not the second time and we are beginning to see the emergence of new groups and because of our past posture, our past attitude towards solving this problem hasn’t been deterrent enough. It has emboldened the resolves of other individuals and groups to emerge with new names and group such as Delta Force,” he told Francis Abban, Morning Starr host.
He warned that “if we do not have that sense of national emergency regarding this issue we are going to have the emergence of groups like that and probably much more disastrous than we are seeing right now.”