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General News of Thursday, 20 April 2017


Heavy security as Delta Force members reappear in court

There is heavy security at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Court as 13 members of the Delta Force, the vigilante group of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region, reappear before it today, Thursday, 20 April.

The 13 have been charged with assaulting a public officer, conspiracy to commit crime, causing unlawful damage, and preventing a public officer from performing his lawful duties.

It is recalled that the men stormed the Ashanti Regional Security Council on 24 March to drag the regional security coordinator, George Agyei, out of his office. The group had said it would not allow Mr Agyei to work in his capacity as he was not native to the region and did not partake in the campaign that brought the New Patriotic Party to power following the 2016 polls.

The 13 members, who were aided by eight of their colleagues to escape from custody after being remanded by a Kumasi Circuit Court, were last week fined 200 penalty units each (GHC2400) for escaping lawful custody and made to sign a bond of good behaviour for a period of six months or in default serve three years in prison.

The 13 are Kwadwo Fosu Bamba (aka Kwadwo Bamba), Awal Sadat Abubakar, Abubakar Sadiq Abuhammed, Jamil Issa, Hamza Mohammed, Salu Issahak, Akwasi Owusu, Kwabena Owusu, Kofi Kyei, Agya Boadi, Salu Yussif, Yussif Salu, and Kwaku Awortwe.