Interior Minister Ambrose Dery has said the shooting that ensued at the Ashanti Regional office of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is a great opportunity for all political parties to disband vigilante groups affiliated to them.
One person lost his life with several others sustaining injuries when members of the pro-NDC vigilante group – The Hawks – clashed during a meeting of party executives at the office.
The police have placed four members of the Hawks on their wanted list.
Speaking to Starr News Dery said: “Vigilantism is illegal straight and simple. Crime has no political color. This is an opportunity for us—all political parties to recognize the point that we are making all along that security is a collective responsibility. It is not a blame game, pointing of fingers, the important thing an offense has been committed and we should all come together to bring those who culpable to book and let the law takes its course
“If we joke it will engulf us. Boko Haram started as a vigilante group and therefore we must dedicate ourselves in making sure that vigilantism is totally eliminated to make sure that it’s not mutated to the level that Boko Haram is.”
The Ashanti Regional Police Command declared four persons alleged to be members “The Hawks” wanted over the shooting incident on Monday, 18 February 2019.
In a statement, the Police revealed that the suspects are Warrior, Damous, Migyima, and Abu Tariban.
The crime scene has also been cordoned off to enable the police to conduct investigations.
The shooting incident happened during a meeting which was being chaired by the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, at the party’s Ashanti regional office in Kumasi Monday.