Case against 8 Delta Force members discontinued

DCOP Ken Yeboah, Ashanti Regional Police Commander.

DCOP Ken Yeboah, Ashanti Regional Police Commander.

The Attorney General’s (AG) Department has discontinued the case against eight members of the vigilante group, Delta Force, affiliated to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who were said to have aided the escape of 13 of their members, who were standing trial at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Circuit Court.

The eight were accused of aiding the escape from lawful custody of their 13 colleagues, who were standing trial for assaulting the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, Mr George Agyei.

At the sitting of the circuit court, yesterday, the prosecution told a Kumasi circuit court that the AG’s Department had advised the police to withdraw charges against the eight accused, because, the AG after examining the docket, concluded there was no evidence to prosecute the case.

The court, presided over by Patricia Amponsah, discharged the accused, and struck out the case.

The eight accused, who pleaded not guilty and were already on bail, are Abass Caesar, Ebenezer Opoku, Samuel Yeboah, Kofi Fosu, Kwame Frimpong, Eric Kusi, Sulleman Wadud and Christian Anokye.

It is recalled that at the last hearing on April 18, 2017, the court granted an application by the prosecutor to allow the AG time to study the docket, following a request for the necessary advice to be given.

In March, 2017, some members of the Delta Force, stormed the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council and assaulted Mr Agyei.

They wanted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to appoint their favourite, Mohammed Seidu, as the Regional Security Coordinator.

The police arrested 13 of them, granted them police enquiry bail and arraigned them before the KMA Circuit Court.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit crime, assault on a public officer, causing unlawful damage and preventing a public officer from performing his lawful duties.

On the first day of their appearance, they pleaded not guilty, and the court remanded them into prison custody for two weeks.

Just as the police were about to take the accused into custody, their supporters stormed the court, and aided their escape from lawful custody.

The escapees later handed themselves over to the police.

The police later arrested the eight persons believed to have assisted the escape of the 13, and charged them with disturbing a court session, resisting arrest and rescuing persons in lawful custody.

When they were arraigned, they pleaded not guilty, and their lawyers argued that they were nowhere near the court premises on the day of the incident, and that the police arrested them at a place far away from the court premises, at Fante New Town.

Meanwhile the case of the 13 Delta Force members said to have masterminded the assault of Mr Agyei is pending, and would be heard on Thursday May 18, 2017.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

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