Defense Minister Reveals NPP ‘Lied’ To Vigilante Groups

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The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in opposition, ill-informed supporters about employment opportunities, especially recruiting them into the security agencies, NPP lawmaker for Nkranza North and Deputy Minister of Defense, Major (Rtd) Derek Oduro said.

He believes, it is for this reason they have resorted to piling undue pressure on the government to get them jobs or they embark on violent protestations.

“I am of the opinion that our foot soldiers, were misinformed about decisions that happen in government before one is employed”.

His admission comes, as the Eastern regional branch of the NPP, has formed a new vigilante group -Eagle Forces – despite mounting calls for the disbandment of such groups.

The Eastern regional 1st Vice Chairman of the NPP, Alhaji Umar Bodinga, explained that the group ,has been providing internal security for the party.

Delta Forces in Kumasi was formed to protect the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, alias “Chairman Wontumi” but were so empowered and made to have a sense of entitlement. They took it out on the state officials and government appointees when Nana Akufo-Addo won the 2016 election.

While, the Delta Force threw out the National Security rep in the region, George Agyei, because they didn’t like him, the Invincible Forces, had also thrown out police officer by name ASP Nanka Bruce from the Flagstaff House on January 9, 2017.

Others had gone to his residence at Kanda in Accra, to threaten his pregnant wife. The attackers are yet to be arrested and prosecuted.

But according to the Deputy Defense Minister, the leadership of the party, is failing to tell the teeming supporters of the party to understand it is not everyone, who will get a job under the current government.

“Employment is not for party members alone. …it is for the whole nation”, the lawmaker pointed out when commenting on the party’s vigilante group Invincible Forces threats to lock up offices of state institutions

“If they were conscientize then they will begin to appreciate that it is not one day that everybody will get employment”, he stated on Kumasi-based Ultimate FM morning show.

Members of NPP vigilante groups; Invincible Force and Delta Forces, have vowed to cause mayhem, if the government does not absorb them into the various security agencies.

But the Deputy Defense Minister, warned them against their threats, indicating they will be crushed by the state security.
“They should not try at all, because personnel are always standby to deal with any group who intends to go contrary to what the law says”, Derek Oduro dared.

On the Eagle Forces of the of the Eastern Regional, Alhaji Umar Bodinga, explains that the group, made up of heavily-built men, will augment the effort of the insufficient Police personnel assigned to the party during political activities.

“I am telling you in Eastern region we have a vigilante group called Eagle forces, yes, they are our party members who provide internal security for the party. During our delegate conference, you saw them wearing black Lacoste with whitish inscription Eagle Forces at their back. During our political activities, they provide security.

You will see many cars parked while sometimes pick pockets too may take advantage so they provide security for all these. The police are insufficient to provide maximum security for the party,” he noted in an interview with a local radio station, Radio 1, in Koforidua.

“You will see many cars parked while sometimes pick pockets too may take advantage so they provide security for all these. The police are insufficient to provide maximum security for the party,” he noted in an interview with a local radio station in Koforidua.

Alhaji Bodinga, who is lacing his boot to contest the regional chairmanship slot of the party, further noted that members of the vigilante group are party members, who are committed and trustworthy, hence the party feels comfortable working with them.

The development comes on the back of the intensified efforts by the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) for the disbandment of Vigilante groups due to the threats their activities pose to the security of the country.

Many of such violent groups associated with the ruling party have wrecked havoc on some Ghanaians since the party won power in the 2016 elections.

Meanwhile, Methodist Bishop, Most Rev. Asante Antwi, has called on Invisible Forces to bring an end to the lawlessness, attacks and violence recorded across the country.

He insisted their action, was an affront to democracy and disregard for the laws of Ghana, as well as disregard for the three arms of government, including the legislature, judiciary and the executive.

He was speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on the sidelines at the commemoration of August 4, 1947 by government functionaries at Saltpond last Friday.

The Bishop who delivered the sermon on the day, underscored the need for the youth to eschew violence and avoid people who will incite them to engage in lawless acts.

The Tema branch of the Invincible Forces, last week made headlines after storming a town hall meeting, threatening to replicate what occurred at the Kumasi circuit court where some members who were on trial for attacking a public officer, were freed. The suspects subsequently turned themselves in.

Commenting on the development and other unlawful acts, the Methodist Bishop said, ‘’we know what is going on in the country. And I think it is important for us and for me in particular to take the occasion to advice the youth and the Invisible Forces, to put a stop to the violence, uncharitable things so that people will respect the government, legislature and judiciary.’’

 

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