The Director of Operations of pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) thugs, Delta Force, has been emboldened by the National Youth Organizer, Henry Nana Boakye, as his Deputy National Director of Operations at a time the National Security, Police Service and President Nana Akufo-Addo, are having difficulties to control them.
The appointment of Kojo Bamba, this paper has gathered, is already creating trouble in the Invincible Forces, another thug group based in Accra, who are feeling neglected by the youth wing of the party led by the man nicknamed “Nana B”.
Kojo Bamba, who led a revolt against the appointment of George Adjei, who was appointed as the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator culminating in series of violence, including a daring attack on a Kumasi court with the judge fleeing the courtroom for her dear life.
But the 38-year-old auto mechanic and the organizer of the thugs, is believed to have played a key role in the NPP’s 2016 victory in the Ashanti Region, using members of the group, hence the reward from the National Youth Organizer.
Kojo Bamba, The Herald gathered is not particularly liked by the NPP members in Kumasi and speculations are that, he could soon clash with other party loyalists, who are not taking his appointment with kind heart.
Delta Force, became infamous immediately the NPP won political power from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) following their nefarious activities across the country.
Member of the group, assaulted a security liaison officer appointed by President Akufo-Addo to head security in the Ashanti Region, arguing Mr George Agyei was not their favourite for the position.
They were subsequently hauled before the court for their actions and convicted to various fines which they paid but have indicated that the only way to make their concerns be addressed is to stand for executive positions in the party.
Last month, the Tafo-Pankrono Divisional Police Command, picked up two persons allegedly connected to the disturbances which took place during a New Patriotic Party (NPP) Constituency meeting at Tafo.
The two are; 49-year-old Paul Attah Onyinah, and 51-year-old Richard Yaw, who are both members of pro-NPP vigilante group, Delta Force in the Tafo-Pankrono Constituency.
The men were suspected to be part of aggrieved Delta Force members, who disrupted a meeting of Constituency executives chaired by the Member of Parliament (MP) for that constituency, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei.
Reports were that, the group wanted to physically assault the MP, who doubles as Monitoring and Evaluation Minister, over failed election promises before the 2016 general elections.
The MP, was, however, assisted to escape unhurt.
The suspects have been transferred to the Ashanti Regional Police headquarters for further investigations.
According to police, three other members were on the run.
The suspects, have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime, to wit rioting and rioting, and will soon be arraigned.
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has condemned the incident, saying that activities of the Delta Force, and other similar vigilante groups in the country, pose a serious threat to the country’s peace and security.
Addressing journalists on the matter, the Chairperson of the NCCE, Josephine Nkrumah, called on the government ensure that the culprits are duly punished.
“Political party vigilantes have no space in Ghana’s democratic culture. The NCCE expresses it repulsion at confirmed reports of self-styled leaders of vigilante group Delta Force, associated with the ruling political party, the NPP striking again…. Delta Force hoodlums have become notorious for the use of force and violence in total disregard for law and order,” it said.
But the Deputy General Secretary of the governing NPP, Nana Obiri Boahen, believes that the media has exaggerated the alleged attack, describing it as nothing serious.
“Let’s be very honest, and this is a very simple issue. Party constituency executives holding a meeting and party activists have misconducted themselves. We all condemn it unreservedly, but the press has blown it out of proportion creating the impression that that constituency and for that matter, members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are lawless,” he said.
The NCCE boss, has also suggested that the punishment handed to members of pro-NPP group, Delta Force, following their attack on the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator in 2017, and the subsequent storming of the court to free their colleagues, was not severe enough to deter other persons from perpetrating similar acts.
13 members of the group who stormed the office of the Regional Security Coordinator, were fined GHc 1,800 each after they pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and rioting at the Asokwa District Court in Kumasi.
They also signed a bond to be of good behaviour for 12 months, after their lawyer, had pleaded for a non-custodial sentence for them.
“There should be prosecution that is deterrent, not prosecution where you fine somebody GHc1, 300 for obstructing the course of justice. I thought that [the punishment was not deterrent enough]. I think that perhaps we should have seen some incarceration. I think that if we had seen fines, the fines should have been significant. There’s a range of fines, there’s the minimum and maximum but I don’t believe that they received the maximum for what they did.”