On State Security Capo In Kumasi.. Angry Kweku Baako Demands Arrests
More than 200 members of a self-styled security force affiliated with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), have attacked the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator late Friday morning to physically hound him out of office.
The group known as Delta Force, linked to the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako popularly called “Chairman Wontumi” said, it could not work with George Agyei, because he was ‘not part of the struggle’ to wrestle power from the Natonal Democratic Congress (NDC) during the December 2016 general elections.
The hooliganism ,comes as the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and an Accra Circuit Court are looking for two members of the NPP’s Invincible Forces; Mumuni Jabil and one Abu, for assaulting ASP Nanka Bruce, the then Director in charge of VVIP at the Flagstaff house.
The assault which was captured on camera, went viral on social media.
The Delta Force and Invincible Forces, belong to the NPP, and have the same modus operandi; they provide security to NPP bigwigs, including Nana Akufo-Addo, during party events, but have also been behind some bloody clashes in the party upon the least provocation.
Indeed, the Delta Force thugs were part of those stormed the Ashanti Region Police command in May 2016 demanding the release of Chairman Wontumi following his detention over the assault on the NPP Member of Parliament for Manhyia North, Collins Amankwah.
The Delta Force, grabbed the defenseless Mr. Agyei, manhandled and dragged him from his office. He was saved by police officers, who were called in to maintain calm. Pictures making the rounds, show a vandalized office, broken glasses with blood stained floor.
The irate group, has been vocal in their resistance of the appointment of George Agyei and has insisted, a party person ought to occupy the state security post directly under the command of National Security Secretariat – Castle Annex in Accra.
They had previously sent a petition to the Regional minister and other senior NPP figures in the party, hoping that the decision to appoint George Agyei, would be rescinded.
The Regional NPP Security Organizer, Kwadwo Bamba, who led the demonstration said, “we cannot work with him, where was he when we were struggling for the party to come into power?” they questioned.
Kwadwo Bamba, said they had called on the President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah to reverse their decision. But after no word from the party and the minister, they noticed that the newly appointed security capo had started work last Monday. Believing that persuasion had failed, the NPP group escalated their opposition with force of action.
New Crusading Guide editor-in-chief, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has asked the Ashanti Regional Police Command led by DCOP Ken Yeboah to arrest the well-built NPP men or he petitions President Nana Akufo-Addo to reshuffle the command.
Speaking on the matter on Newsfile on Multi TV on Saturday March 24, Mr. Baako, called on the police to act with a sense of urgency.
“Within the next 24 to 48 hours, I plead with the Ashanti Regional Police Command, they must effect some arrest and they must let the law work, otherwise I make an appeal to the president [that] he should quickly reshuffle the Ashanti Regional Police Command, including the head,” Mr. Baako told show host Samson Lardy Anyenini.
In an act of vandalism and levels of political thuggery unseen in the region, the NPP para-security stormed the Regional Coordinating Council in Nhyeiso which is the seat of the regional minister.
They broke Louvre blades vandalised furniture and ransacked the office of one of the region’s topmost security capos in one swift move of unhindered bravado.
“There was blood all over the floor”, Luv FM’s Erastus Asare Donkor told Myjoyonline.com. A man sustained cuts on his body but explained, he deliberately cut himself with a Louvre blade to pronounce a curse on the security capo.
Erastus Asare Donkor ,reported that the NPP fanatics, grabbed the defenceless security capo and manhandled him as they tried to force him out of office.
Together with other supporters, they knelt down before the cameras and pleaded with the president to heed to their demands. He was emphatic, ‘we cannot work him’ adding ‘ while we were suffering from police beatings, he was seen no where among us’.
Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Nketia Yeboah, who confirmed the incident, said a security team was dispatched from the Central Police Command in Kumasi to stop the brute show of unauthorised force.
Officials of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) expressed shock at the sudden Friday morning commotion in the office.
They say, they have never witnessed such thuggery at the RCC. Since a peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box, there has been waves of violence, political takeovers of offices and state facilities by NPP loyalist.
The Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah, said the Police, would provide adequate security at the RCC to prevent further attacks, adding the thugs are yet to be arrested.
He said, “The gentleman who was attacked said he can identify the people, he is yet to give us that information, meanwhile we have done our checks and we have some names, so we will make arrest soon.”
But late Saturday, the Kumasi Police, arrested Kwadwo Bamba, in connection with the attack on the RCC.
A statement from the Ghana Police Service, said the suspect was currently assisting the Police with investigations.
Confirming the arrest to Citi News, the Deputy PRO of the Ashanti Regional Police Command, Chief Inspector Godwin Ahianyo, said more arrests would be made soon.
“We have made one arrest in the person of Kwadwo Bamba. An auto mechanic. He is in our custody assisting with investigations. We are just assuring the public that we will make sure that whoever was involved will be picked and assist in investigations.”
He further asked those who were involved in the attack to report themselves to the Police, saying “we are also asking those who were involved to make themselves available to the Police because at all cost we will make sure that whoever is picked is made to face the full rigors of the law.”
The NPP’s election victory in 2016, was followed by widespread reports of people believed to be NPP supporters taking over toll booths, public toilets and other state installations.