In the wake of heightened political violence and vigilantism, the Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Appeatu has in a meeting with the media declared a zero tolerance to all political violence and vigilantism in the country.
Even though the IGP was hesitant to give political parties a clear timeline to dissolve their vigilante groups, he insisted they immediately dissolve their own vigilante groups to create the necessary awareness that will embolden the police.
The public has raised serious concerns against these political vigilante groups which has taken roots in the politics of the country, with great affiliation to the two major political parties in the country, NPP and the NDC.
Mr. Apeatu said the public support would spur the police on to take some new action against the vigilante groups.
“The collective condemnation [of vigilantism] has given police some impetus to know that the police to begin to think afresh knowing that the public will stand with police in enforcing the law without fear or favour.”
“The police are poised to arrest and profile any group of people claiming to be vigilante groups irrespective of their political affiliation… death in the name of politics will no longer be tolerated in our security setting. We are declaring zero tolerance against political violence and vigilantism.”