Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong, says it was totally wrong for some members of Delta Force, a vigilante group affiliated to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to be arraigned before court for harassing George Adjei.
Some members of the group stormed a Kumasi Circuit Court on Thursday, destroyed some court properties and freed 13 of their members, who were facing trial for allegedly raiding the Regional Coordinating Council on March 24, 2017, and assaulting Mr Adjei who had just been appointed Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator.
The 13 had been remanded in prison custody to reappear on April 20, 2017 after charges of conspiracy to commit crime, assault on a public officer, causing unlawful damage and common purpose to prevent a public officer from performing his duty only for other members to besiege the courtroom and free the accused persons.
Admitting that the group went overboard, Mr Agyapong who earlier threatened to embark on demonstration if members of the Delta Force were arrested by law enforcement agencies said he drew the attention of the NPP hierarchy to solve the issue amicably instead of arraigning them before court.
According to him, the Delta Force helped the NPP win power and it would not be pleasant for them to be trailed for an act they could just render an apology for.
“I told them that sending the boys to court was a wrong signal; they should just ask them to openly apologise to Ghanaians and the gentleman they humiliated with a promise they will not repeat what happened. When Sir John was sent to court, did he not apologise to the judges? Was he jailed? Look, the people you are dealing with, as soon as you mention ‘court’ their family members will retort if that is their reward for sacrificing for the party,” he said on UTV.
While continuing with his submission, the maverick MP described the National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah as a ‘disaster’.
“I understand they went to the party office to apologise. Let them do it openly; you took a stance you will prosecute them. National Security is a disaster. They don’t scare me. Kan Dapaah is a disaster. During election, these guys came to you and you told them you had retired from politics; you won’t support them financially. If these people see that those who did not offer them help are occupying positions, how do you think they will feel?” he queried.
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah has confirmed that the 13 Delta Force jail breakers have turned themselves in.