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Politics of Monday, 3 April 2017


They only paid Security Coordinator a visit - Wontumi defends Delta Force

The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Bernard Antwi Boasiako aka Chairman Wontumi has jumped to the defence of the party’s vigilante group based in Kumasi, Delta Force, claiming the latter did not attack the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator.

According to him, members of the Delta Force only went to the Security Coordinator, George Agyei’s office to pay him a visit and not harass him as has been widely announced by the media.

Dozens of stoutly built young men who are members of the Delta Force a fortnight ago, stormed the office of the Regional Security Coordinator located at the Regional Coordinating Council and stopped Mr Agyei from working.

They claimed they couldn’t work with Mr. Agyei because he is not a native of the Ashanti Region. It took the timely intervention of the police to save the situation and restore law and order.

The angry men had earlier destroyed some office equipment in their bid to drive out Mr Agyei.

Their action was roundly condemned by a large section of the public who called for their arrest. Less than 24 hours after the act, the leader of the group Kwadwo Bamba was arrested by the Police.

Other members were subsequently arrested and charged for the offence of conspiracy to assault and assaulting a public officer and causing unlawful damage.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo over the weekend when he called on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu as part of his 3-day visit to the Ashanti Region, condemned the rampage and attack on Mr Agyei by the Delta Force and pledged to make the laws of the country work under his government.

But speaking on Neat FM Monday, Chairman Wontumi, stated that per his knowledge of Delta Force, the group is law abiding and never engage in an illegality.

“I can vouch for them, they are a group of well meaning young men who will not harm anybody. If you watch the video carefully, you’ll realize that the police officers were rather driving away the security coordinator and not members of the Delta Force. Nowhere in the video is any of the Delta Force members seen touching the Security Coordinator, this is the first time I’m making this comment. I’ve spoken to them and they tell me they were not there to drive anyone away. They were only there to pay the Security Coordinator a visit and not to harass him, it is not their job to eject anybody.”