8 Delta Force members remanded for freeing colleagues

Some of the suspects

Some of the suspects

Eight members of the Delta Force, a vigilante group affiliated to the New Patriotic Party, who stormed the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Circuit Court to free 13 of their colleagues from lawful custody, were remanded by a circuit court here, yesterday.

The court, presided by Ms. Patricia Amponsah, remanded them into prison custody until April 18, this year.

They appeared before court amid tight security, as about 20 armed policemen wielding AK 47 assault rifles, and some security personnel in plain cloth escorted the suspects, who were in handcuffs and looking very sober.

The suspects were charged with disturbing court session, resisting arrest and rescuing persons in lawful custody.

The eight, who were represented by six lawyers, led by Mr. Gary Nimako, all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Mr. Nimako told the court his clients were nowhere near the KMA court for them to have caused the disturbances, adding that the clients were arrested at Fante New Town, which is far away from the court premises.

The eight were said to be among the Delta Force group that stormed the KMA court to free the 13 suspects being tried for assaulting the Ashanti Regional Security Co-ordinator, George Adjei, and hauling him from office, last month.

They stormed the court room moments the judge, Mrs. Mary Nsenkyire, remanded them to two weeks in prison custody.

Mr. Adjei was appointed by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, but the Delta Force members protested against the appointment.

There were no NPP supporters at the court, unlike at the previous KMA court where a number of them were seen around.

Meanwhile, the 13 members who surrendered to the police have been remanded in prison custody for two weeks, in accordance with the directive of the KMA circuit court.

From Kingsley E Hope, Kumasi

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