General News of Tuesday, 9 October 2018
The Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Josephine Nkrumah has asked politicians to desist from interfering in the recruitment processes of personnel into the various security services, saying such practice breeds indiscipline among the security officers.
She noted when people who have not got the dilemma of character for the security agencies and to work with the discipline that is required.
Addressing journalists Josephine Nkrumah said:
“Political party vigilantes have no space in Ghana’s democratic culture. The NCCE expresses it repulsion at confirmed reports of self-styled leaders of vigilante group Delta Force, associated with the ruling political party, the NPP striking again…. Delta Force hoodlums have become notorious for the use of force and violence in total disregard for law and order,”.
NCCE Condemns Attack By Delta Force On Dr Akoto Osei
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has as well called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to, as a matter of urgency, disband all political party vigilante groups in the country.
The call by the NCCE comes at the heel of an attack by the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) vigilante group, the Delta Force, on the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tafo Pankrono Constituency, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei during a meeting with members and executives of his constituency.
The meeting was disrupted by Delta Force vigilantes whose acts, the NCCE said, threatened the MP and party executive present, adding that “Delta Force hoodlums have become notorious for the use of force and violence and total disregard for law and order.”
The NCCE, in making the call, also urged the security agencies to hasten investigations into the latest incident and bring the perpetrators to book.
According to the Commission, the activities of the group, and other similar vigilante groups in the country, pose a serious threat to the country’s peace and security.
“The leadership of the NPP must demonstrate to the people of Ghana that the law applies equally to all, by actively pursuing security agencies and the judiciary to swiftly and decisively prosecute vigilante groups,” the NCCE said.
The NCCE observed that the members of the Delta Force had been emboldened to perpetrate such crimes following lenient sentences handed them after they besieged a court premises in the Ashanti Region to free some of their colleagues who were standing trial for a similar offence.