The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has said the Delta Force incident at a Kumasi Circuit court was due to the incompetence on the side of the police force.
According to him, the right precautions should have been implemented as the threat of such incidents by a vigilante group like the Delta Force should have been anticipated.
Speaking on Radio Gold on Friday, Mr Nketiah said, "Every competent security person should anticipate that those on trial, they are likely to attract some fanatics who will try to beat the police, so they anticipate that and they take measures to deal with it.
The day Tsatsu Tsikata was sent to court and jailed, the whole security apparatus was deployed around the High Street area there to prevent anything untoward from happening because of the sensitive nature of the case."
According to a report by Classfmonline.com, his comments follow the press release by the Inspector General of Police, Nana Asante Apeatu, which explained that the police did not foresee such an incident happening, especially since the 13 arrested persons had initially presented themselves to be taken to the courthouse.
"We had police officers at the court and we had about 20 officers on standby, but if you remember we gave the accused persons [police] bail when they were suspects and they willingly appeared before the court, so you can imagine that the extent of danger or likelihood of they escaping was not as high as we will believe," the IGP's statement read.
On Thursday, April 6, about 40 members of the NPP-affiliated Delta Force group attacked a Kumasi Circuit court after a judge ruled that the 13 members in custody be remanded until April 20, following their attack on the Ashanti Regional security coordinator.
The group destroyed property on the premises of the courthouse, and nearly assaulted the judge, Mary Senkyire, while releasing their members and escaping with them.
Commenting further on the matter, Asiedu Nketiah said, "This is a case involving assault on a security officer. The president has ordered that these people should be dealt with and then a Member of Parliament and senior member of the party come out to dare the president that nobody can touch anybody in the Delta Force…
Even me, a non-police officer, can’t I anticipate that the day they will be sent to court the other members of the force will mobilise and go there the same way they attacked the regional administration?"
Meanwhile, the Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery has warned the 13 persons freed by the vigilante group to turn themselves in to the police or face a manhunt.