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General News of Tuesday, 11 April 2017


Delta Force: Bail denied for 8 persons arrested for storming court

A Kumasi circuit court has denied bail to eight persons arrested for storming the facility last Thursday and freeing 13 members of the militant group, Delta Force.

The 13 members of the group that is affiliated with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had been standing trial for attacking the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator.

The eight persons remanded are Ebenezer Opoku, Samuel Yeboah, Kofi Fosu, Christian Anokye, Kwame Frimpong, Suleman Wadud, Abass Caesar and Eric Kusi.

They have been charged with resisting arrest, rescuing persons in lawful custody and disturbance of court.

The accused pleaded not guilty and were remanded into prison custody to make their next appearance on Tuesday, April 18.

Mr. Gary Nimako, Counsel for the accused persons, pleaded for bail but was denied. Mrs. Patricia Amponsah, the presiding judge, explained that due to the nature of the case, the bail request could not be granted.

There was drama at the Circuit Court, last week Thursday, as members of the group, reportedly aligned to the governing party, stormed the courtroom to free their colleagues, who have been ordered to be held in prison custody.

For close to about 10 minutes, there was total confusion as the unarmed police officers present struggled to evacuate the judge from the courtroom to safety. The strongly built men insulted and threatened everybody and by the time police reinforcements arrived, they were gone with the 13 accused persons.

The police later arrested the eight and charged them for aiding in the escape of the remand prisoners.

Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo has condemned the attack by members of the Delta Force and has promised to deal with them according to the law.

"The events in Kumasi are being brought systematically under control in the way that they should be and we assure the nation that we are not wavering from the commitment that we made that we were going to serve Ghana under the conditions of the rule of law," the President said.

The United Nations, the Catholic Bishops Conferences, the Ghana Bar Association and a host of other institutions have also condemned Thursday's attack as an affront to the rule of law.