The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, John Boadu, has emphatically stated that he benefits from the services of dreaded vigilante groups, the Delta and Invisible Forces.
Appearing before the Emile Short-led Committee at the Osu Castle, the NPP General Secretary stated that members of the vigilante groups are members of the NPP who only offer themselves to provide security as and when their services are needed.
“We as political parties, it will be out of place to provide particularly if you have groups of people who outnumber the police at a particular place. We’ve had occasions where even voters queuing to vote are prevented from doing so and sometimes the police seem helpless.
“If you take the invisible forces, they are individual groups not an organ of the party who have sympathies for the NPP…I in person I am a beneficiary of this groupings.”
Mr. Boadu, however, denied claims that the vigilante groups are sponsored and financed by the NPP. According to him, the groups are called upon by the party as and when their services are needed by the party.
He added that the party is willing to meet the opposition NDC to find a way to disband the vigilante groups as directed by the President.
Today is the ninth day since the commission began its public hearing and it has requested members of the public wishing to submit information, statements, or other relevant materials to do so through their secretariat.
It has former Dean of the Faculty of Law of GIMPA and private legal practitioner, Mr. Ernest Kofi Abotsi as its Secretary. Henrietta Mensah Bonsu and Patrick K. Acheampong were also appointed as members of the Commission.
The commission has been given one month to complete its work.
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