Minority Spokesperson on Defence and Interior says efforts by police to crack down on political vigilantism will be fruitless unless political hands within the governing NPP stop shielding perpetrators of such acts.
According to James Agalga, senior figures within the party continue to support the group despite public pronouncements by President Akufo-Addo condemning their activities.
“He [the President] said he has instructed the IGP to act, but how can the IGP act in ways that could expose him to the attacks of those groups. They are emboldened by the fact that their party is in government.”
The police has announced efforts to bring to book members of the NPP’s Delta Force who attacked a court in Kumasi and raided the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinating Council.
Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu who declared war on vigilantism, mass disorder and disturbances says police will not rest until these activities which are “alien to our culture” are nipped in the bud.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the police service, hereby declares a war on the act of vigilantism and all other forms of mass disorder and disturbances. We shall clamp down on it with all the force that we can marshal,” Mr. Asante-Apeatu declared.
But Mr. Agalga remains unconvinced.
“The president may have spoken, but it appears there are some other leading members of the NPP as a political party who strongly back those vigilante groups.
“That is why it is extremely difficult for the security apparatus to deal with those vigilante groups, even after the president’s directives went out there,” he added.
Meanwhile, the police has called for public support in its endeavour to deal with these groups by volunteering information to enable them deal with the canker once and for all.
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