Police know perpetrators of vigilantism, they must arrest them – MP

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The Member of Parliament for Assin South Constituency in the Central Region, Rev John Ntim Fordjour, has expressed grave concern about the inability of the police to arrest known perpetrators of vigilantism in the country.

The MP however blamed political influence for the security agencies’ cold attitude towards criminals.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP expressed the concern on TV3’s New Day on Tuesday hosted by Bright Nana Amfoh, while contributing to discussions on President Akufo-Addo’s promise to deal with vigilantism.

“Forgive me, not reminding Ghanaians of the grief, but when the Denkyira Obuasi issue occurred, how many days did it take to arrest the culprits? Within few days, the police apprehended the suspects so they know every crime and culprits involve”.

Rev. Ntim Fordjour said “in this particular series of vigilantism, the police knew them but in time past they may have been some obstructions in police doing their job”.

“In the past, some of these have gone on without being punished and in sub Saharan African, such trends have been going on and there is the need to change it. If there are lawless people that have not been arrested, the challenge has been thrown to the security service to deal with it”, the man of God explained.

The NPP legislator said the NPP government has several good policies but the acts of vigilantism in the country have shielded them.

“It is important for the President to take the bull by the horn and deal with it because we have the school feeding programme, we have the free SHS, we have the restoration of nurses’ allowance, we have a lot to espouse. We have a lot to talk about. We have a lot to rally around and help the President”.

The MP admitted that “it is important that people that might have been aggrieved be heard. Let us engage them and understand what their grievances are”.

On his part, the former Member of Parliament for Ablekuma Central Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Theophilus Tetteh Chaie recalled prediction about government under Nana Akufo-Addo.

“Before President Akufo-Addo was elected, some of his members in the party said his leadership will be problematic and it cuts a slur on him at that time and today, he is in the office and some expect that some of these things will not come”.

The former NDC MP said “people of Ghana are insecure from his own party. If the good people are going to quantify the vandalism to the state, the people will not like it”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

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