Attack by ‘loyal, selfless’ Delta Force exaggerated – Chairman Wontumi

The Ashanti regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says he cannot condemn the attack on the Kumasi Circuit Court by members of the vigilante group Delta Force. 

Bernard Antwi Boasiako popularly known as Chairman Wontumi said members of the group are loyal servants who selflessly served the party and cannot be treated as criminals. 

He told Nhyira FM in Kumasi that Thursday’s incident has been exaggerated. 

The vigilante group affiliated to the governing party attacked the court and set free 13 of its members who were facing prosecution for acts of vandalism.

The attack, captured on video showed the group, numbering about 50, besieged the Kumasi Circuit court premises chanting.

They broke into the court and freed their members who had only weeks ago chased out the Regional Security Coordinator appointed by the president.

Joy News’ Ashanti Regional correspondent, Nurudeen Mohammed reported that the police were outnumbered and caught between securing the suspects and protecting the judge, Mary Nsenkyire.

This was after the judge had announced that the suspects were going to be remanded for two weeks pending further investigation, a move that did not go down well with the members of the vigilante group who were on the court premises.

In anger, they charged at the judge and demanded the immediate release of the suspects, Nurudeen reported.

At least 13 of the suspects were freed by the vigilante group and they are Kwadwo Fosu, Awal Sadat, Abubakar Siddique, Jamel Issah, Hamza Mohammed, Salou Issahak, Akwasi Wusu.

Others are Kwabena Wusu, Kofi Kyei, Agya Baodu, Yussif Salou, Yussif Salou, Kwaku Awutwi.

However, Chairman Wontumi said it is unfair for the public to judge the members of the Delta Force without hearing them.  

Speaking in Twi, he said despite the fact that they have been accused of doing something bad, the matter should be left to the court to make a pronouncement on whether they are culpable. 

He added that because he serves as a godfather to many of the members of the party in the Ashanti region, he does not know the much-lambasted members of the group to be evil. 

They are being vilified unjustifiably because I am close to them and I know them very well and the issue has been exaggerated, he said in his local dialect. 

According to him, it is fair that when something happens both sides are given a fair hearing. 

Meanwhile, the 13 suspects have turned themselves in. 

They are said to be slapped with another charge of escaping from lawful custody.