Deal with Delta Force attackers – NPP tells Police

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned the disruption of a constituency meeting at Tafo-Pankrono over the weekend by some persons believed to be members of the vigilante group, Delta Force.

The party has therefore called on the police to “deal decisively” with the alleged Delta Force attackers.

In a statement issued days after the incident, the party’s National Organizer, Sammy Awuku, said the use of violence in internal party activities is unlike the NPP, and will not be countenanced especially under the leadership of the President Akufo-Addo who “has been a strong advocate of the rule of law.”

This is not the first time the party has publicly condemned an action by members of Delta Force, which is affiliated to the party.

Despite its various public statements to condemn such violent acts, similar incidents of violence persist in various parts of the country.

While noting that it is putting in place measures to avert any such attack in the future, it urged persons or groups affiliated to the party who may be aggrieved to avoid using violence seek justice.

Read the statement below:

NPP CONDEMNS THE DISRUPTION OF TAFO- PANKRONO CONSTITUENCY MEETING

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) strongly condemns the violent disruption of a meeting between the Member of Parliament for Tafo-Pankrono, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei and his constituents on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

The action of the young men is highly unacceptable, unjustifiable and unfortunate regardless of their reasons.

The use of force and violence particularly in internal party matters, is alien to the tenets of the New Patriotic Party and should have no place among us, especially under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who has been a strong advocate of the rule of law.

We call on the security agencies to deal decisively with this case without fear or favour.
The party is equally putting in measures to ensure that we nib these acts of violence in our internal party activities, in the bud.

We warn any group of persons who might be harbouring any of such intentions to advise themselves, since the party will not tolerate such behavior and will cooperate with the Police as we have always done.

We would again entreat our party members and supporters to at all times resort to laid down internal structures and procedures in seeking redress for their grievances and concerns.

Signed

Sammy Awuku
(National Organizer of the New Patriotic Party)

Background

Some aggrieved Delta Force members over the weekend disrupted a meeting of constituency executives chaired by the Member of Parliament for that constituency, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei.

Reports say the group wanted to physically assault the MP who doubles as Monitoring and Evaluation Minister over failed election promises before the 2016 general elections.

The MP was however assisted to escape unhurt.

Two arrested

Police in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday arrested two suspects in connection with the incident.

The suspects are 49-year-old Paul Attah Onyinah, and 51-year-old Richard Yaw, who are both members of the pro-NPP vigilante group, Delta Force in the Tafo-Pankrono constituency.

According to the police, three other suspects are currently on the run.

The suspects have been transferred to the Ashanti Regional Police headquarters for further investigations.

NCCE demands decisive action

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has already condemned the incident and called on the government to take urgent steps to immediately disband all political party vigilante groups which it says are a threat to the country’s peace and security.

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