CODEO wants end to vigilantism

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) wants the appointments of heads of security agencies such as the Inspector General of Police to be decoupled from the powers of the president.

CODEO is of the strong view the move will ensure that security agencies administer their duties professionally without political interference.

Addressing a press conference in Koforidua, Messrs, John Larvie and Nicholas Akyire, both executive members of CODEO said the emergence of vigilante groups is a threat to the country’s peace and security.

They said during a stakeholders’ consultation, political parties revealed their lack of confidence in the security agencies, especially the police, hence the formation of internal security groups.

Mr Larvie noted that stakeholders also called for the need to ensure that heads of the various security agencies are not appointed by the president to ensure that they operate without political expediency and influences.

He reiterated CODEO’s call for a ban and disbandment of political vigilantism in Ghana by the Police Service.

Mr Akyire called on “all stakeholders, including the political parties, security agencies and the public at large to as a matter of urgency, address the growing canker.” –starrfmonline.com

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