Kwame Agbodza, Member of Parliament for Adaklu Constituency in the Volta Region of Ghana has waded into the isssue of vigilante groups still in operation in some parts of the country.
On 23rd August, 2019, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Signed the Vigilantism And Related Offences Act, 2019, which seeks to disband vigilante groups; including political party vigilante groups and land guards; to proscribe acts of vigilantism in the country and to provide for related matters.
In 2019, Kwadwo Bamba and other leaders of the NPP affiiated vigilante group, Delta Force, declared that the group has been officially dissolved.
However, President Nana Akufo-Addo seems to have failed to disband political vigilante groups who act as ‘police’ in the name of party politics or its enforcement lost on many since his pro-NPP vigilante group, Delta Force, continues to operate contrary to law.
Regardless of the president’s directive and legislation to disband Delta Force and all such hoodlums, Akufo-Addo’s Delta Force attempted to remove the Ashanti Regional National Security Coordinator, DCOP Opare Addo, from his office.
DCOP Opare Addo disclosed: “They came to the office about 5 pm and said that they’ve been directed to bring me to the National Security Coordinator. I said I won’t go so they handcuffed me, pushed me here and there, pointed AK 47 at me. They came and assaulted me, pointing AK 47 at me and the likes, hitting me, even when I was going to urinate one of the boys followed me and said he was following me to the toilet, I said what do you mean? He said but you’re a man, I am also a man, I can look at it because you can also look at mine. I said why! Am I a baby or child? So, I am not going to look at this without taking any action.”
Reacting to the recent operations of the Delta Force in the Ashanti Region, the MP for Adaklu Constituency, Hon. Kwame Governs Agbodza stated that the Akufo-Addo-led NPP administration only passed the Vigilante law in 2019 just to monopolize it for the NPP.
He recounted how NDC members were beaten up to the extent that some even lost their lives during the 2020 Elections. He quizzed why the goverment has not been able to prosecute people who are responsible for these crimes.