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General News of Friday, 7 April 2017

Source: Myjoyonline.com

NDC demands resignation of IGP, others over Delta Force court raid

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is demanding the resignation of key security officials for their failure that led to Thursday's raid at a Circuit court in Kumasi where 13 suspects standing trial were freed.

The NDC in a statement implored the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Apeatu Asante, Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, and National Security Coordinator, Brigadier General Emmanuel Okyere to tender their resignations for failing to deal with the violent activities of vigilante groups.

The raid at the Kumasi Circuit court has been widely condemned by Ghanaians, political parties, civil societies and professional groups.

Delta Force members after attack on Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator Some well-built men numbering 50 stormed the court and resisted an order to hold 13 of their members in prison custody. The 13 are standing trial for violent behaviour and assault.

The 13 were part of 21 men arrested by the police after they attacked the newly appointed Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei. The men had said Mr Agyei did not deserve the position because he played no role in the struggle to bring the NPP into power.

They wanted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint their leader who was instrumental in the NPP's 2016 elections camapign.

Out of the 21 men who were rounded up by the police and arraigned before court, only 13 showed up. This compelled Presiding judge, Mary M.E. Nsenkyire to direct the 13 men to be kept in custody to reappear on April 20.

Displeased by the judge’s decision, the men who were at the premises to sympathise with their colleagues, rushed into the court to free the 13.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Apeatu, told the media Thursday the men used the backdoor of the court reserved for the judge.

While critics are calling on the Police to intensify security at the various courts, the NDC wants the IGP, Interior Minister and National Security Coordinator to resign immediately.

"It is extremely shameful that less than 100 days after being handed over a peaceful Ghana by the outgone NDC Administration, the Government of President Nana Akufo-Addo has shown unprecedented levels of weakness, gross incompetence, and an inability to maintain the basic tenets of law.

"The judiciary is the last bastion for the protection of our fundamental human rights as a People, as well as the maintenance of the rule of law in a free and democratic country like the one that we have worked tirelessly for decades to establish for ourselves."

The NDC entreated the President to act "swiftly" to bring the members of Delta Force who perpetrated the "ignominious" act to face the law to redeem the image of the country.

It also assured Ghanaians that it will not sit idle whilst the democratic culture nurtured in the country is shredded and bastardised by "roguish groups of lawless gangsters."