The Ashanti Regional Police has re-arrested the 13 members of Delta Force vigilante group who escaped from lawful custody Thursday.
All the 13 are currently in custody after “they reported themselves to the Police [on Thursday]”, a statement issued by the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah.
It is unclear whether the escapees who were being tried on charges of assault will be tried on another charge of escaping from lawful custody.
The 13 members were forcibly freed Thursday afternoon when their colleagues stormed a Circuit Court in Kumasi, threatened the presiding judge and vandalized property during court session.
They threatened to attack the judge after she had remanded the accused persons into custody for two weeks. Confusion broke out resulting in the escape of the 13 members of the group which is affiliated to the New Patriotic Party.
Before Police reinforcement arrived, all the accused persons had escaped. However, they managed to arrest eight of the Delta Force members whose action led to the escape of the 13.
At an emergency press conference in Accra organised by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) – David Asante Appeatu, indicated that the necessary efforts will be made to rearrest the escapees
Condemning the incident, Ambrose Dery said “no one is above the law… and I wish to make it clear that we shall do all in our power to make sure that they are arrest and brought to face the due process.
“Let the message go out there to the 13 persons that it is in their interest to resubmit themselves to due process and have their day in court, otherwise the police will pursue them but if need be, we shall involve all other security agencies as maybe necessary to make sure that they are brought to justice.”
Lawlessness won’t be countenanced
Per the statement issued April 6, the Regional Police Commander explained “in the course of the confusion, the presiding judge was not harmed as being speculated by some media and that she was under Police protection”.
The Commander assured the public that the Police would continue to ensure law and order within the region, warning “any act of lawlessness shall not be countenanced and anyone who flouts the law will be dealt with as prescribed by the law”.