Gov’t to wage war on vigilantism – Bryan Acheampong

Minister of State in Charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong, has promised to wage a war on vigilante groups whose activities distort the peace of the country.

Mr Acheampong’s promise follows a recent attack on a state official in Kumasi by pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante group, Delta Force, over the weekend.

The heavily-built members of Delta Force disrupted a meeting of constituency executives which was being chaired by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Old Tafo Pankrono Constituency, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, who is also Minister of state for Monitoring and Evaluation.

The pro-NPP vigilante group was agitating over the Minister’s failure to fulfil his promise to get the government to recruit them into the security agencies of the country.

Reports indicated that they attempted to assault the Minister, but he escaped unhurt.

Speaking on Adom FM’s Current Affairs show, Burning Issues, Monday, Bryan Acheampong indicated “we are not going to form an NPP-police and the fact that the NPP has won the election doesn’t mean we should recruit all the youth into the security agencies”.

Bryan, who is also NPP MP for Abetifi said the governing party does not recognise the vigilante group and has vowed to let them face the law.

“We as National Security… don’t recognise any of these vigilante groups apart from the Youth Wings of the political parties and any other institutions outside of these wings that do anything against the law would be dealt with just as it would be done to the recognised groups because law and order must be maintained in this country,” he stressed.