The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said Ghana risks having a terrorist organization if the President does not step in to disband the vigilante groups in the NPP.
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Speaking at a news conference at the party headquarters in Accra, NDC National Chairman Kofi Portuphy said the Invincible Forces and Delta Forces are showing traits of Boko Haram, and the impunity with which the two groups conduct their activities has dented the image of the country.
He stated “the real danger in not dealing swiftly and ruthlessly with insipid domestic political terrorism is that it can easily grow uncontrollably into armed terrorism of international proportion.”
The chairman made this statement following various attacks orchestrated by these vigilante groups after the NPP were declared winners of the 2016 elections.
It has become the modus operandi of the Invincible forces to mass up at state organisations under the guise of protecting them against officials in the past government and taking whatever jobs they can find forcefully.
But the feather that broke the camel’s back was when the Delta Force stormed the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council to assault the newly appointed Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei and after 21 members of the group were arrested and arraigned before a Kumasi Circuit Court of which only 13 showed up, some Delta Force members numbering 50 stormed the place to free the 13.
In reaction to these events the president said the conduct of Delta Force had no place in the law-governed country that he was determined to build.
He cautioned Ghanaians against taking the law into their hands, warning perpetrators will be dealt with in accordance with due process.
But the NDC said rather than sounding a loud warning to members of the two groups, the President chose to “cynically pontificate.”
"As a lawyer, President Akufo-Addo is an officer of the court and should, therefore, be concerned when the court is physically attacked and the Presiding judge threatened, but President Akufo-Addo doesn't seem to care," Mr Portuphy said.