General News of Mon, 10 Apr 201721
Ibn Chambas wants Delta Force investigated and brought to book
The Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has condemned the recent attack of the KMA circuit court by political vigilante group Delta Force.
In a joint statement with the Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Ghana, Christine Evans-Klock, the former Ghanaian lawmaker is said to have been astounded by the post-elections “acts of impunity” perpetrated by Delta Force.
The pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante group’s recent show of bravado was on Thursday, April 6 when some members stormed the circuit court and set free 13 of their members standing trial for assaulting a public officer.
Though eight were arrested and the 13 have since been re-arrested, Dr Ibn Chambas and Ms Evans-Klock consider the acts as “likely to tarnish the image of Ghana as a model of democracy and rule of law”. A statement issued on Monday, April 10 by the UN Information Center said “the two UN officials outrightly denounce these reprehensible acts that are the latest in a series of similar incidents since the end of the December 2016 elections in Ghana”.
The action by Delta Force was condemned by all and sundry. The Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Appeatu, moved in to the Ashanti Region capital of Kumasi, where the incident took place, with an anti-terror squad to “war” against the group.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a weekend earlier to the incident, had promised to fight all forms of lawlessness. The UNIC statement concluded: “They welcome positively the unambiguous condemnation of these acts by the government and expect that all necessary measures will be taken to investigate these actions and bring the perpetrators to justice”.