Sam Pyne, the Ashanti Regional secretary for the New Patriotic Party has debunked claims that the party had arranged for protection for the 13 members of the Delta Force vigilante group standing trial last Thursday.
According to a Kasapafmonline.com report, a member of the group, Ernest Appiah Dankwa alleged that the attack on the circuit court was due to the failure of the leadership of the party to release the arrested members as promised.
However, the NPP secretary denied the allegations, stating the leadership of the party had only arranged a meeting among themselves to discuss the current challenges facing them.
Speaking on Citi FM, Sam Pyne said, "It’s not true whatsoever in that statement from whoever is making that assertion, because the regional body or the regional party we’ve not met on this matter of them going to court or not going to court. The last time we met was to discuss how to talk to them for them not to misbehave again. And that’s all.
I don’t know whether somebody has told them anything or whatever, but that is the business between them and that person. But as to the regional party telling them to go to court and that we’ve spoken to people and all that wahala, I think is the imagination of somebody"
He further remarked that while the group's services have been engaged by party before, and the leadership acknowledges their affiliation, the party does not condone their recent activities.
On Thursday, April 6, a Kumasi circuit court was attacked by members of the Delta Force group, who stormed the courthouse, destroying property and nearly assaulting the presiding judge.
Their action was fueled by the judges decision to remand the 13 members of the group on trial for the attack on the Ashanti Regional security coordinator, until April 20.
Their action has been largely condemned by many national stakeholders and the public, with many calls for government's intervention in the issue.