The Ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP, has acknowledged the formation of a ‘new’ vigilante group in the region christened ‘Eagle Forces’.
The Eastern regional 1st Vice Chairman of the NPP, Alhaji Umar Bodinga explains that the vigilante group has been providing internal security for the party.
According to him, formation of this vigilante group is to augment efforts of the insufficient Police personnel assigned to the party during political activities .
“I am telling you in Eastern region we have a vigilante group called Eagle forces, yes, they are our party members who provide internal security for the party, during our delegates conference you saw them wearing black lacost with whitish inscription Eagle Forces at their back. During our political activities, they provide security.You will see many cars parked while sometimes pick pockets too may take advantage so they provide security for all these.The police are insufficient to provide maximum security for the party”.
The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers, CODEO, has intensified the campaign for the disbandment of Vigilante groups due to the threat their activities pose to the security of the country .
However speaking Friday on Radio 1 morning Political program dubbed Susubiribi, hosted by Captain Kofi Owusu, the regional 1st Vice Chairman said, the party cannot disband its vigilante groups because of the crucial role they play in provision of internal security for the party.
He said members of the vigilante group are party members who are committed and trustworthy hence the party feels comfortable working with them for security exercises of the party.