The 13 members of the Delta Force, a vigilante group affiliated to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who were on Thursday forcibly freed from custody by their colleagues, have now been remanded into prison custody for two weeks.
The Ashanti Regional Police Command has said that this was in accordance with the directive of a Kumasi circuit court on Thursday.
The suspects are Kwame Bamba, also known as Ofosu Nsiah Boadu, 37, Awal Sadat Abubakar, Abubakar Sadiq Abdul Hameed, Jamal Issah and Hamza Mohammed.
The rest are Agya Boadu and Kwabena Owusu, both 46, Kwaku Awotwe, 40; Saliu Yusif, 35; Akwasi Owusu,34; Saliu Issaka,33 and Yusif Saliu,32.
The suspects had been charged with conspiracy to assault and assaulting George Agyei, Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, and causing unlawful damage to property at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).
They appeared before a Kumasi circuit court, presided by Mrs. Mary Nsenkyire, but moments after she remanded them to prison custody for two weeks, a group of ‘machomen’ thronged the court room and marched the suspects from the dock.
The attackers, some dressed in all black, almost assaulted the judge, and she was whisked away to her chambers by the Police.
At a press conference organised in Accra by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Appeatu, indicated that necessary efforts will be made to re-arrest the escapees.
Condemning the incident, Mr Dery said “no one is above the law… and I wish to make it clear that we shall do all in our power to make sure that they are arrested and brought to face the due process”.
Well-meaning Ghanaians, groups and associations, also condemned the act and, the 13 suspects surrendered to the police in Kumasi.
In the wake of these developments, the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu, and a crack team went to Kumasi on Friday.
The IGP at a press conference in Kumasi indicated that there will be additional charges against the 13 suspects.
He said the eight members who were arrested for interfering with work of the court, resulting in the escape of the 13 suspects, would be charged for disturbance of court and any other charges that would be disclosed after investigation.
Concerning the attack on Agyei, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had earlier said “crime has no political, religious and ethnic colours, and therefore, anyone who breaks the law, whether individual or groups, the law enforcement agencies, I believe should deal with it”.
Bamba was said to have led his colleagues to storm the office of the security coordinator, manhandled him and dragged him on the floor down the stairs, in the afternoon of Friday.
The gang allegedly subjected Mr. Adjei to beatings during the funeral rites of the mother of Mr. Isaac Osei, a member of the NPP, at the Jubilee Park.
It is recalled that a section of the members of the NPP calling themselves “Ashanti Regional Security Team” besieged the premises of the RCC to protest against the appointment of Mr Agyei, on Thursday, March 9, 2017, which story was carried by The Ghanaian Times in its Saturday edition of March 11.
The party members besieged the premises of the RCC yelling at the Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, accusing him of having a hand in the affair.
They claimed Mr. Agyei is not known to them and that they could not work with him.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi