Yen.com.gh has gathered that the Eastern Regional Offices of the National Health Insurance Scheme were seized by a group of men believed to be members of the New Patriotic Party’s Invincible Forces.
The men, numbering about 20 reportedly stormed the premises of the NHIS and locked the Regional Director’s office citing inability to work with him as reasons for their action.
Speaking to the Citi FM news, the Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh confirmed the incident which reportedly occurred at about 8.20 am, Monday morning.
“They came in, entered the office of the new scheme manager for the region, who has been appointed, and took the keys to the office and locked up the offices,” he said.
He added that the group had also demanded certain documents from the staff of the scheme.
This takeover comes days after President Akufo-Addo assured the citizenry that there will no tolerance for acts of violence like those carried out by the vigilante groups associated with the NPP.
The president during his weekend visit to the Ashanti Region, called on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and said, “…It will not be under my watch that people will take the law into their own hands, neither will it be under my watch that the laws of our land will not be enforced. That will never happen. The law will work without fear or favour.”
The vigilante groups affiliated with the ruling NPP have been described as a menace that needs to be disbanded by many stakeholders in the country.
After an attack on the Ashanti Regional Security coordinator George Adjei by another group called the Delta Forces, there was call for these groups to be dealt with according to the proper legal measures.
These takeovers begun after the NPP was declared the new ruling government following the 2016 general elections and their actions have reportedly caused chaos in various parts of the country.