Security analyst and expert, Dr Kwesi Aning on Monday, March 4, 2019 revealed to the Emile Short Commission investigating the Ayawaso by-election violence that there are 24 violent groups across the country.
Taking his turn at the Commission, Dr. Aning opined that violence is imminent especially approaching the 2020 general elections.
He noted in some instances, violence is a profitable venture for some people.
“Violence is beneficial, it transforms lives, it creates new identities and it gives access to power,” Dr. Aning told the Commission.
According to the director at the Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, violence is the “most stable currency” in Ghana.
Dr. Aning who is also counter-terrorism expert told the Short Commission, party foot soldiers have learnt how to maximise their usefulness beyond being exploited and dumped by politicians.
“Foot soldiers perform particular types of services, intimidated people, disrupted rallies, and tore down campaign posters. But overtime started to organise, got more power”.
In recent years, they have obtained “a better understanding of how to use the tools of violence”.
He added that some of these political militias use violence as a tool to access or take power forcefully.
He also named 24 violent groups in Ghana that can threaten the countries security.
Below are the names;
1. Aluta Boys
6. NATO Forces
7. Gbewa Youth
8. Azorka Boys
9. 66 Bench
11. Invincible Forces
12. Bamba Boys
13. Delta Force
14. Bolga Bull Dogs
15. Rasta Boys
16. Sese Group
17. Kandahar Boys
18. Eagle Forces
22. Burma camp
23. Ashanti vigilante group
24. Green Mambas
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