General News of Monday, 8 October 2018
The Ashanti Regional Police Command has arrested two persons believed to be members of the pro-NPP vigilante group, Delta Forces in connection with the near fatal attack on the Monitoring and Evaluation Minister, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, in his constituency last Sunday.
The leader of the Delta Force in the Ashanti region, Kojo Bamba confirmed the arrest to Power 97.9 FM’s Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman but would not give further details except to say that they were invited earlier today.
The names of the duo are yet to be known as the police is tight-lipped over the matter.
The timely intervention of some NPP officers and the Police prevented the angry youth from physically attacking the MP on Sunday.
Dr Akoto Osei was whisked away as the aggrieved NPP supporters smashed plastic chairs and other properties to register their displeasure to the lawmaker.
The members of the Delta Force said their attack was over failed promises given them by the MP prior to the 2016 polls.
In an interview with XYZ News, one of the angry members said they were employed to protect ballot boxes during the 2016 elections with full assurance of securing them jobs in the country’s security devices. However, two years down the line, those promises are yet to be fulfilled reason for their actions.
Meanwhile, Dr Akoto Osei has denied reports the disruption of a meeting between him and some constituency executives of the NPP was carried by members of Delta Force.
The Tafo-Pankrono MP said on Monday that he has no grudge with the group and, therefore, cannot say the irate young men who disrupted his meeting on Sunday, 7 October 2018 were there to attack him.
“We were about to begin a meeting of polling station constituency executives, we were about to swear in two committees and then I heard a melee and then people scattered and I decided that I won’t stay around,” he said on Accra-based Class FM.
He continued: “I cannot say they were coming to attack me because I don’t have any personal quarrel with them but they disrupted the meeting and that one is very clear… but it will be wrong for me to say that they were coming to attack me.