Disbanding vigilante groups ‘impossible’ – Freddie Blay



The acting National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay has said it will be difficult disbanding various vigilante groups in the country.

Mr. Blay believes although these groups can be made to face the full rigors of the law when found guilty of a particular offence, it will be impossible to totally bring their activities to a halt.

“The Minister of Security said that those Forces are loyal members of the party and as a group or as individuals, they may do something wrong but if they do so the law must take its course. If you join a party and you call yourself a name and the company is not registered, particularly when it is not an organisation that is created to this party, I don’t see how it can be banned but I will say that we should disassociate from any act of vandalism, we should dissociate the party from any act of lawlessness and not just condemn it. You should ask the security authorities to act when it is necessary for them to act. We won’t prevent them. I don’t think the government will condemn them,” he say.

Members of the Delta Force stormed a Kumasi Circuit court on Thursday, and vandalized some court property as well as freeing 13 of their members, who were facing trial for allegedly harassing the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Adjei.

The 13 escaped after some members of the group monitoring the court proceedings, sparked confusion during the hearing.

About eight of those who caused the confusion were arrested, while the rest of the 13 fugitives later turned themselves in to the police.

Freddy Blay’s u-turn

Mr. Blay’s claim contradicts his earlier claim which suggested that he was condemning the attack.

He said the party is embarrassed by such actions, adding that the law must take its course.

“They are not kids, now they’ve taken the step of doing the unthinkable and it is a pity, it has brought embarrassment and it is bad PR for us. But I don’t think that is the end of the world,” he said.

By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana



Published on 8 April 2017 | 11:12 am at Source