Leadership of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), yesterday, viciously attacked Government, alleging without evidence that under the Nana Akufo Addol-led administration Ghanaians are living in a state of total insecurity.
Addressing a not-too-impressive press conference at the Party headquarters in Accra, National Chairman, Kofi Portuphy, flanked by some executives of the party alleged that, “In only six months, a peaceful Ghana that was handed over to President Akufo-Addo has suddenly become a pool of blood with innocent blood being shed on a daily basis via all kinds of horrific deaths.”
At the event, which many described as a rushed rebuttal to the Presidents “Meet The Press”, on 18th July, 2017, Sir Portuphy asked why the President refused to tell Ghanaians about the current nature of Ghana’s security and that for the NDC, “Hardly does a day pass us by without the news outlets being inundated with stories of horrifying and gory crimes being committed with brazen bravado across the length and breadth of the country.”
The NDC is also raised concerned about the recent incident at Lapaz, an Accra suburb where before the very eyes of Ghanaians, armed robbers and armed gangs were confident to operate with impunity and killed innocent policemen who was on duty without any form of fear or nervousness.
He said “armed robbers and armed gangs are now operating with impunity and killing our policemen in broad day light without any form of fear and nor trepidation. For the first time in the 4th Republican dispensation, a political party in the shape of the NPP has incorporated militancy and violent extremism into its way of operations.”
“To give meaning to militancy and violence, a group of brigands and outright criminals have been assembled and given such blood clotting names as Invincible Forces, Delta Forces, Kandaha Boys, Volta Crocodiles and also given official covering from the seat of government to perpetuate their illegal existence,” Mr. Portuphy said.
He added that “these criminal gangs have been allowed to wage a psychological war on the security apparatus by attacking and openly killing policemen in uniform.”
“Very credible intelligence information reaching us [NDC] has it that a lot of the armed robbery and killing of hard working police officers is being done by some elements belonging to the aforementioned militant goons, squads associated with the NPP.”
The national chairman who was addressing the press conference in reaction to Tuesday’s Media Encounter by President Akufo-Addo said: “Per the information we [NDC] are getting, these criminals are very much aware that they have full government backing and that in the event that they are even arrested by the police, they will be released by their political godfathers.”
Mr Portuphy mentioned the Kumasi incident with the Delta Forces where he said, “Criminals who beat up the Regional Security Coordinator and also roughed up a Circuit Court judge and disrupted court proceedings were released.”
“It is common knowledge that the President gave his tacit endorsement to the brigandry of the NPP’s state-sponsored criminal gangs to operate with impunity, when a serving Assistant Superintendent of Police in uniform, was brutally beaten up by the Invisible Forces at no less a place than the Flagstaff House, in the immediate aftermath of the assumption of power by President Akufo-Addo” he noted.
Meanwhile government is yet to respond to the scurrilous allegations by the NDC.