Freddie Blay, the acting National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, has condemned the recent attacks perpetuated by the Delta Force vigilante group associated with the party.
According to him, the group has done the 'unthinkable' which is an embarrassment and a bad PR move for the party.
Speaking on Asempa FM on Friday, the NPP chairman said, "Although they have apologized, of course it doesn’t mean that the party would interfere with police during their investigation, the party didn’t do that. We had to allow the law to take its own course. And allowing the law to take its own course resulted in them being brought before the court. And unfortunately, they were supposed to be remanded. And that was part of the foolish thing that they [Delta Force] did. We condemn it."
He further debunked suggestions from critics that the actions of the vigilante group point to the NPP as violent party.
"I think it is not very fair for anybody to say so, it is not fair. When about two or three people go against the law or do anything untoward, you don’t come into conclusion that the whole party is involved in wrongdoing. I think that is not proper. A Ghanaian goes abroad to deal in cocaine doesn’t mean that [all] Ghanaians are cocaine dealers. One Ghanaian kills somebody and you say ‘Ghanaians are murderers’.
I think if you say so, you are not being fair to Ghanaians. In the same way we agree that the Delta Force are members of the party, we agree that they’ve supported the party towards our elections dating back from 2000… We all condemn what they did, but it doesn’t mean that the party takes full responsibility for what has happened. They were lawless, and it’s inexcusable," he said.
On Thursday, about 40 members of the Delta Force stormed the premises of a Kumasi circuit court and freed the 13 members of the group standing trial for attacking the Ashanti Regional security coordinator, George Adjei.
Following the judge's rule that the suspects be remanded in custody until April 20, the members of the Delta Force present launched an attack on the court house, destroying property and nearly assaulting the judge.
They then escaped with the 13 suspects. However following the threat by the interior minister Ambrose Dery, all 13 suspects have since turned themselves in.
The attack has been widely condemned by the opposition and sections of the public, with many calling for the leadership of the country to put an end to the group's activities, before they turn into a militant group.