The Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante-Apeatu has warned to end vigilantism in the country by using legitimate means available to them.
He said that the police administration will not relent on effort in maintaining peace and order by clamping down on vigilante groups which engage in thuggery.
‘As a law enforcement agency, we are going to pursue our goal of bringing this phenomena of vigilantism to an end. We will employ all legitimate means available to us, including dialogue, enforcement and enactment of laws. The Police service hereby declares a war on vigilantism and all other forms of mass disorder and disturbance. We shall clamp on it with all the force that we can marshal,” the IGP said this during media briefing in Kumasi.
His comment follows the attack on Kumasi Circuit Court by a vigilante group of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Delta Force members.
The group numbering 40 freed their colleagues who were facing trail on the attack of the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator George Adjei.
Members of the group who turned themselves in after public outcry, the IGP said the police will ensure they face full rigours of the law.
He expressed satisfaction that the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Peace Council, Interior ministry and others have pledged to assist the police crack down on the vigilante groups.
“In this direction, we are happy other bodies, institutions and personalities including the ministry of interior, the Ghana Bar Association and the National Peace Council have promised to put their shoulders to the wheel,” he said.