The Convention Peoples Party (CPP) has cautioned that recent activities of riotous groups affiliated to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) – “Invincible Forces and Delta Force,” – has turned the country into a “ticking time bomb”.
Professor Edmund N. Delle, the National Chairman of the CPP cautioned in an interview on Friday.
“We therefore call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to take responsibility and muster political courage to deal with the rebellious groups decisively and urgently restore the sanctity of national security.
“Ghana cannot and should not continue to entertain groups that are gradually transforming into a terrorist group as their recent bravado of invading a circuit court in Kumasi is an affront to the country’s judicial system.”
Prof. Delle said the CPP has joined all right thinking Ghanaians to condemn the act; stressing that, “the acts of these two groups especially after the December 7 elections could result in social unrest as their increasing violence, threatened the country’s security and political stability”.
Prof Delle called for broad based national investigation into their operations, saying “these groups may have stock-piled arms and ammunitions. We are dealing with a major national security risk but our responses are weak and uncoordinated”.
The CPP leader described the April 6 act at the Kumasi Circuit Court as “an impunity and aggression against the judicial establishment,” and urged the NPP to denounce the group.
Prof Delle said “their action was not in the interest of the nation the NPP is governing”.
He explained that the group started attacking individuals and groups just after the victory of the NPP, alluded to themselves the power to seize purported state property in the hands of individuals, attacked school feeding caterers; and defied the police.
He noted that the group has now moved a notch higher of taking over national security; “Ghanaians are not safe and President Akufo-Addo must act now”.
He also acknowledged the swift responses of the Interior Minister, Minister of Defence and the Inspector General of Police but stressed the need for demonstration of political will by government.
“Security dealings with politically affiliated groups are delicate unless the political establishment gives the greenlight, security personnel are incapacitated.”
The CPP Chairman commended the media for reportage on the issues and also creating a platform for national condemnation: “We urged the fourth estate of the realm to be vigilant and hold us political actors accountable. The media must continue to play its watchdog role”.
Some members of Delta Force, a vigilante group affiliated to the ruling NPP in the Ashanti Region last Thursday morning stormed a Kumasi circuit court and freed 13 of their members who were facing charges for causing mayhem at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.
The 13 members were remanded by the court in connection with attacking the Regional Security Coordinator.
The marauding group allegedly attacked the presiding judge who had earlier ruled that the suspects be remanded to appear before court on April 20, 2017.