By Naabenyin Joojo Amissah .
Members of the Delta Forces, a vigilante group within the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), did not take part in the horrendous acts of violence that occurred during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, the Organising Commander, Kwado Bamba, has said.
According to him, the rampaging hoodlums were mainly operatives of “National Security” and not members of his group, as was being alleged by a cross-section of Ghanaians.
Commander Bamba, who spoke to this reporter via a telephone interview, revealed that National Security personnel questioned him on the campus of Legon and demanded his accreditation.
“I visited Legon with some party members to assist the arriving students to carry their belongings, and preached to them why they have to vote for Lydia Alhassan,” Bamba said.
While on his mission, he said, members of the security force, who later turned the house of the National Democratic Congress (ND)C candidate into a war zone, approached him and asked of his mission there.
After explaining himself, Commander Bamba said they tried to inspect his accreditation to ascertain his true identity, but he could not produce one.
“Every member of the Delta Forces knows me, and there is no way they will see me anywhere and ask of my identity or accreditation,” said Commander Bamba.
He has, therefore, refuted claims by some members of society, mostly loyalists of the NDC, that members of his force were part of the masked men who stormed their candidate’s house and shot some supporters.
Consequently, the Organising Commander has called on the government to enforce a strict ban of all political vigilante groups in the country.
It has been more than ten days since the horrific Rambo-style shooting spree took place at the house of Mr Delali Kwasi Brempong, NDC’s candidate in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election.
During the process, rambunctious masked men opened fire on some party members of the NDC who had gathered at the official residence of their candidate at Bawalashie.
At least, six individuals sustained dangerous injuries from the sporadic shootings carried out by the masked men, whose attire for the operation did not represent any of the statutory security institutions.
The shooting incident, and its hubbub, did not just heighten tension in the vicinity. but nearly marred Ghana’s hard-earned status of being the frontier for multi-party democracy in West Africa.
Activities of the fully armed men at the house of Mr Brempong, which have since gone viral, gave many Ghanaians a feel of how war films they have been viewing on their screens actually look like.
The cruel nature of the action on the day has received nationwide condemnation and protestation.
Due to its sensitivity, the Vice President, Dr Alhaji Bawumia, with the accord of the President, who travelled outside the country a few days after the incident, has constituted a three-member commission to look into the matter.
Before the commission, chaired by Justice Emile Short, could officially commence it work, many have started pointing fingers at members of the NPP’s vigilante groups as the culprits.
This follows open declaration by police’s spokesperson, ACP David Oklu, that the masked men were not sent by the Service to the said location.
In sharp contrast, the Minister at the Presidency in charge of National Security, Mr Bryan Acheampong, has openly admitted that he deployed the masked men to the place based on intelligence.
Civil society organisations and political parties have called on the President to sack Mr Acheampong for his hubris, even before the commission would start its work.