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NCCE calls for ban of political party vigilante groups

April 12, 2017, 5 p.m.

THE National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) urged government to disband all vigilante groups in the country.
The move is to ensure that future riotous activities from such groups were avoided.

In a statement signed by Mrs Joyce Afutu, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, the NCCE said the attack on the Ashanti Regional Security Advisor and the attack on the Circuit Court by the Delta Force, a group aligned to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), was unfortunate.

The statement said that such acts threaten the security of the state and breakdown of law and order, peace and security in the country.
“It also a breach of the law and does not auger well for our quest to consolidate Ghana’s democracy and rule of law as enshrined in the Preamble of the 1992 Fourth Republican Constitution,” the statement said.
It also cautioned all Ghanaians that the discourse of activities of vigilantism should not be politicised but should be addressed dispassionately with the nation’s interest and security at heart.

The NCCE urged the Ghana Police Service, as a matter of urgency, to hasten investigations into the matter, apprehend and prosecute perpetrators in accordance with the law without fear or favour.
The Commission commended bodies, institutions and peace-loving Ghanaians, who have, so far, condemned the dastardly acts of the vigilante groups.

“The Commissions counts on all Ghanaians, particularly the youth, to rise up and say ’No To Vigilantism’, remain calm and trust that authorities mandated to ensure peace and security will do their work,” the statement said.
The statement also urged religious bodies to use their platforms to preach against vigilante groups.