The United Nations has consistently drawn attention to the negative role of vigilante groups in the two leading political parties of Ghana.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the Resident Coordinator of the UN system in Ghana, Christine Evans-Klock, have followed with consternation the acts of impunity perpetrated by the Delta Force vigilante group in the aftermath of December 2016 elections. They are particularly concerned that these political militants invaded the premises of Kumasi Circuit Court on 6 April 2017, and freed their members standing trial for assault on the Regional Security Coordinator on 24 March 2017. These acts are likely to tarnish the image of Ghana as a model of democracy and the rule of law.
The two UN officials outrightly denounce these reprehensible acts that are the latest in a series of similar incidents since the end of the December 2016 elections in Ghana.
They welcome positively the unambiguous condemnation of these acts by the government and expect that all necessary measures will be taken to investigate these actions and bring the perpetrators to justice.
On April 6, 2017, the Delta Force vigilante group invaded the premises of the Kumasi Circuit Court and freed their members standing trial for assault on the Regional Security Coordinator on March 24, 2017.
They [Delta Force], in the process, destroyed some properties and put the trial court Judge in a state of fear and panic.
In a related development, the Country Director of the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and the UN representative in Ghana, Girmay Haile is warning the surge in vigilantism in the country could pave way for some unknown external forces to destabilize Ghana’s security.
Mr. Haile believes Ghana’s internal security could be jeopardized if the menace is not tackled decisively.