Dealing with vigilante groups; they should be backed by law – Greater Accra regional police commander

Dealing with vigilante groups; they should be backed by law – Greater Accra regional police commander

- A senior police official, DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong, has called for laws to deal with vigilantism in Ghana

- According to him, even though such groups are supported by political parties, disbanding them will not be enough

- DCOP Sarpong added that they are usually formed by opposition parties who do not trust the country's security system

The Greater Accra regional police commander, DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong, has given a hint of how to ensure that vigilante groups do not operate freely in Ghana.

Taking his turn before the Short Commission tasked to investigate the reports of violence that were recorded during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, he stated that there is a need for a law to ban such groups.

He explained that calling on political parties to disband such groups will not be enough, and for that reason, tougher measures are needed.

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DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong, regional police commander Source: Supplied
Source: UGC

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“I don’t think the call alone is enough, unless there is a will to disband. If the will is not there, then we have to outlaw the groups. In that case, legislation will be the solution,” he said. also reported that DCOP Sarpong indicated politicians formed such groups to protect themselves and their interests.

He agreed with the commission that opposition parties formed such groups because they had faith in Ghana’s security officials because they cannot influence their decisions. earlier reported of an attack at the Kumasi office of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), by people believed to be members of ‘The Hawks’, a vigilante group.

One person was shot dead, and another has been admitted at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

Investigations have meanwhile began and four members of the vigilante group have been declared wanted.

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