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President Nana Akufo-Addo has disclosed that acts of aggressiveness escalating among the youth of then New Patriotic Party (NPP) in his first year of office is “disgraceful.”
He made that disclosure at his encounter with a section of the press at the Flagstaff House on Wednesday, 17 January.
“I should not omit from this accounting the disgraceful behaviour of some members of my party, the New Patriotic Party, which has become known as vigilantism,” he said, adding that “there is no argument that criminal behaviour wears no political colours and it is solely to be dealt with by the police.”
Expressing how worrying the trend of hooliganism has been to his government, he said “I pray that we’ve seen the last of it. We are continuously working to ensure that it does not recur, that we uphold the rule of law.”
His comments on the menace comes at a time where security analysts have criticized his government for treating the perpetrators of this vandalism with kid gloves.
At least, 20 cases of vigilante activities have been recorded across the country in the last 12 months.
The groups which are made up of able bodied unemployed young chaps in the New Patriotic Party have different names across the country. Notable among them are the Invisible Forces, Bolga Bull Dogs, Delta Forces and the likes.
Vigilantism took centre stage and rose to a worrying vertex in the country few months after Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in as Ghana’s president.
In April 2017, for instance, NPP vigilante groups converged and sparked chaos in a court of law in Kumasi, and freed their colleagues, standing trial for raiding the Ashanti Regional Security Council, and assaulting the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator.
Others have abused journalists, seized public toilets transport terminals and toll booths. In October last year a pro-NPP vigilante group invaded a police station at Karaga and freed party communicators who were in police custody.