Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has blamed the police in the Ashanti Region for Thursday’s incident at a Kumasi Circuit court where some 13 Delta Force members escaped from the courtroom.
“Every competent security person should anticipate that those on trial, they are likely to attract some fanatics who will try to beat the police, so they anticipate that and they take measures to deal with it.
“The day Tsatsu Tsikata was sent to court and jailed, the whole security apparatus was deployed around the High Street area there to prevent anything untoward from happening because of the sensitive nature of the case,” he told Accra-based Radio Gold.
“This is a case involving assault on a security officer. The president has ordered that these people should be dealt with and then a Member of Parliament and senior member of the party come out to dare the president that nobody can touch anybody in the Delta Force…
“Even me, a non-police officer, can’t I anticipate that the day they will be sent to court the other members of the force will mobilise and go there the same way they attacked the regional administration?”
Some members of Delta Force, a vigilante group associated with the governing New Patriotic Party, besieged the Kumasi Circuit Court and freed its members who were facing charges for attacking the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator.
Reports suggest that the group nearly assaulted the Judge, Mary Senkyire and also destroyed some court properties.
Thirteen (13) members of the group were detained after the group assaulted the newly appointed Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Adjei.
Reports say only two police officers were on duty at the court at the time, with one of them being pregnant.
However, they managed to get judge Mary Nsenkyire to safety, while Delta Force members vandalised property at the court.
Meanwhile, the 13 Delta Force members who escaped have reported themselves to Police and are currently in police custody.