General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has chided the Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante-Apeatu following his comment on political vigilantism in the country.
Mr David Asante-Apeatu when addressing the media on Thursday at the police headquarters in Accra issued a stern warning to the leadership of political parties to disband all vigilante groups associated with them.
Mr Apeatu added that, the Police Service will deal ruthlessly with party supporters who engage in any form of political vigilantism.
“Vigilantism is illegal and the collective condemnation has given the police impetus and we believe the public will stand with the police in enforcing the law without fear or favour. We will arrest and prosecute people who engage in political violence irrespective of their party affiliation,” he said.
But General Mosquito reacting to the comment accused the IGP and the government of compromising the integrity of the security services; hence his comment on vigilantism should not be taken seriously.
According to him, Mr. Asante-Apeatu has failed to protect citizens of the country and therefore has no right to appeal to political parties to disband vigilante groups.
“David Asante-Apeatu has failed to act as a leader and all you could do is to hold a press conference appealing to us to disband vigilante groups. I think it was just a concert party press conference he organized. He only needs a band to play with because they are just playing with us” he said on Accra based Okay FM monitored by Adomonline.com.
Meanwhile, the NDC has softened its stance on the Commission of Inquiry investigating the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
But Mr. Asiedu Nketia said the party will not prevent its members, who were attacked at the by-election, from partaking in the commission’s activities.
The Commission has said it will invite some persons in the NDC despite their boycott of the process.