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Arrest party vigilantes or lose your job- Dery warns police commanders

The interior minister has given a stern warning to Regional Police commanders to arrest perpetrators of political violence or lose their jobs.

Ambrose Dery said the government will not compromise the peace of this country on the altar of political expediency.

His comments come in the wake of the culture of impunity which has seen violence by youth groups affiliated to the governing New Patriotic Party.

In the Sisala District of the Northern Region, angry youth of the governing party locked the offices of the DCE accusing him of hoarding contracts.

In the Karaga District of the same Region the situation was not so different. The youth in the area chased out the DCE and the Regional Coordinator of the YEA accusing them of failing to provide them with jobs.

They burnt motor bikes and threatened the DCE, Alhassan Yabdoo who had to take refuge at the police station.

When the police made some initial arrests, the angry youth in bravado broke into the custody of the police and went ahead to free the suspects.

The Ashanti Region, Central and Greater Accra Regions have had their share of violence by the party youth.

There have been moments of political insecurity with many wondering where the vigilante groups could attack next.

Public toilets have been seized and so have transport terminals. The chorus by the youth of the party is they want jobs and will stop at nothing to get the jobs they need.

The criminal activities by party youth have angered many Ghanaians, including the minority group, civil society groups and other stakeholders.

There have been calls on the government to act expeditiously to keep the activities of these party youths in check.

Speaking to journalists in Parliament on Thursday, the Minister of Interior said government will not pay lip service to the fight against the culture of impunity.

He said in Karaga and Gwolu the police have made efforts to arrest to the perpetrators and are facing prosecution.

To add more impetus to the fight, the Minister said he has issued a warning to all the regional police commanders to arrest the perpetrators of political violence or they will be made to face the law.

According to Ambrose Dery the president has ambitious plans which he is working feverishly to execute.

He said the president will not be distracted by such misguided acts of violence by political party youth.

“No true member of the NPP can go against the president’s comments,” he stated adding, the president has a social contract with the people, one of which is to keep the peace of this county.

That contract will not be sacrificed, Dery hinted.

There is a social contract between the people and Nana Akufo-Addo and we need that kind of security to keep going forward.

He said the arrests in Gwolu and Karaga are just an example of how government is prepared to bring the perpetrators to book.

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