The acting National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay has said it will be difficult disbanding various political vigilante groups in the country.
Mr. Blay explained that although these groups can be made to face the full rigours of the law when found guilty of a particular offence, it would be impossible to totally bring their activities to a halt.
“The Minister of Security said that those Forces are loyal members of the party and as a group or as individuals, they may do something wrong but if they do so the law must take its course.
If you join a party and you call yourself a name and the company is not registered, particularly when it is not a creation to the party, I do not see how it can be banned
The chairman added that the NPP would however disassociate itself from any act of vandalism, or lawlessness these groups would be engaged in.
He therefore urged the security agencies to act when it is necessary for them to do so, promising that; “We would not prevent them. I do not think the government would prevent them.”
He said the party has been embarrassed by such actions of the vigilante groups – Delta Force and Invisible Forces, adding that the law should take its course.
“They are not kids, now they have taken the step of doing the unthinkable and it is a pity, it has brought embarrassment and it is bad publicity for us. But I do not think that is the end of the world,” he said.
Mr. Blay’s comments came on the heels of a vigilante group affiliated with the party – Delta Force- stormed the Kumasi Circuit Court and forcibly freed 13 of their members who were arraigned for misconduct including assaulting the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei.
The gang threatened to assault the Judge, Mrs. Mary Nsenkyie, who had remanded the 13 suspect into prison custody for two weeks.
She was whisked to safety by the police, before a re-enforcement arrived to maintained order.
Last Wednesday, about 20 macho men alleged to be members of the NPP’s affiliate group, Invisible Forces, besieged the offices of the Eastern Regional National Health Insurance office and forcibly locked up the regional manager.
They claimed they cannot work with the regional manager, who they alleged is an outsider and not a member of the ruling NPP.