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Akufo-Addo Wades Into Call To Disband Vigilante Groups

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With rising call by individuals, Civil Society Organisations (SCOs), and International bodies, President Akufo Addo in his State of the Nation Address, has directed the two main political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to discuss how to disband their respective militia groups.

“I want to use the platform of this Message to make a sincere, passionate appeal to the leaders of the two main political parties in our country, NPP and NDC, to come together, as soon as possible, preferably next week, to agree on appropriate measures to bring an end to this worrying and unacceptable phenomenon of vigilantism in our body politic,” the president said.

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Meanwhile, the deceased at the centre of the shooting incidence which occurred on Monday, February 18, at the Ashanti Regional office of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has been laid to rest in Kumasi, yesterday.

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In a ceremony to pay last respect to the deceased, Abdul Wasiu Iddrissu, his brother Mohammed Iddrissu, called on government and the security service to bring perpetrators to book. He said, “we need justice for Abdul Wasiu. We are not ready for revenge… this is not about party A, party B or party C. We know the Constitution of Ghana, when you kill somebody, the law has to deal with you”.

Against this backdrop, the police has mounted a search for 12 persons in connection with the shooting which also left another individual injured. A statement from the police on Wednesday, named some of the suspects as Warrior, Mijinmma, Damos and Abu Taliban.

 

There have been heightened concern over security in the country, following numerous activities of political militias, including attack of court, ransacking offices of government appointees and recently, the violence that erupted during the Ayawasu West Wuogun by – elections and the NDC Kumasi office shooting, which led to the death of one person and another injured.

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