Police arrest 8 men over escape of 13 Delta Force members

The Police have arrested eight men believed to have played a role in the release of 13 members of NPP-linked Delta Force group, Thursday.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Apeatu, told the media at a news conference the men are in their custody assisting with investigation on the matter.

He added a bench warrant has been issued to arrest the 13 men who escaped following the attack on the court.

Members of Delta Force minutes after attack on Mr Agyei

A Circuit court in Kumasi was thrown into chaos when some men numbering about 50 besieged the premises to release their members who are standing trial for violent behavior and assault.

A total of 21 men were arrested following attack on the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei. They had said Mr Agyei did not deserve the position because he played no role in the struggle to bring the NPP into power.

Out of the 21 men arraigned, only 13 turned up. But shortly after the Presiding judge remanded the men in police custody to reappear on April 20, their supporters stormed the court to free them.

The IGP has said the men escaped through the back door reserved for only the judge.

NPP National Youth Organiser, Sammy Awuku

The development has been condemned by Ghanaians, the Ghana Bar Association, the NPP leadership and National Democratic Congress (NDC).

NPP National Youth Organiser, Sammy Awuku, has described the attack as “unfortunate.” He blamed the police for failing to anticipate the situation when the men were put before the court.

Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu

Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, told Joy News he is worried about the wanton attacks perpetuated by the pro-NPP vigilante groups.

“We are concerned and worried about the creeping lawlessness in the country and the inability of President Akufo-Addo and supported by the security agencies to nip this in the bud,” he said.

Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery

Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, has said he will not waiver in his application of the law to ensure the maintenance of law and order.

He has cautioned the escapees to voluntarily turn themselves in or be smoked out by a team of police and military men.

“I have said that if you commit an offence, we shall arrest you, investigate the matter, and send you to court,” he said.

Mr Apeatu said they will despatch their men into the Kumasi municipality to arrest all persons in connection with the release as well as the escapees.