‘Thuggery’ by Invincible, Delta Forces ‘unfortunate’ – Mahama

Former President, John Mahama, has condemned what he called the President’s lacklustre approach in dealing with the lawless acts of vigilante groups affiliated with the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He said he is appalled by Nana Akufo-Addo’s inability to whip in line members of these groups, who Mr Mahama claims are also attacking supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Shortly after winning power, a pro-NPP group, Invincible Forces, attacked state institutions including the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), some women under the School Feeding Programme, the Passport Office in Accra as well as some toll booths across the country.

During his maiden State of the Nation Address, President Akufo-Addo said his government would not countenance anyone breaking the law and charged the police to apply the same rules to every citizen who fouls the law. 

Another pro-NPP group, the Delta Force attacked the Kumasi Circuit court last Thursday 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, besieging 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.

Commenting on these attacks and a government Task Force seizing vehicles it claims to belong to the state but were appropriated by the previous government appointees, Mr Mahama expressed surprise the government is not employing civilised processes. 

At a meeting with some former appointees of the NDC government recently, he said applying a civil process was better than “having troops going into people’s houses, breaking down their gates and say you are looking for vehicles.

“If you cannot go to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and look through the database and find out what government vehicles are available then what kind of efficiency do we have in government?”

“Just this morning I heard Agyekum’s House was raided…And they [NPP] will always come back and apologize because those are not vehicles that belong to the state,” he said.

“This cannot continue, this thuggery is not good for our country and the point is, we thought we had a good transition…This [incident] serves as examples that make it difficult in future when there is another transition for another government to restrain party supporters,” he said.