Mr. Koku Anyidoho, the Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is calling on well meaning Ghanaians to condemn what he described as state-sponsored terrorism in no uncertain terms and at every level of the Ghanaian society.
His call comes on the heels of recent spate of attacks carried out by NPP vigilante groups on individuals and institutions in the country with the aim of intimidating their victims.
According to the NDC deputy scribe, the current operations of these groups cannot be said to be vigilante activities, but instead a terrorist group whose activities are orchestrated by certain elements in government to terrorize innocent Ghanaians.
“These are not vigilante groups, this is terrorism, this is a state-sponsored terrorism. The formation of these groups is bad and must not be allowed to exist in any political party,” he said.
Speaking during a radio interview in Accra, monitored by this paper, Mr. Anyidoho noted that for the past eight years no vigilante group ever existed in NDC and never did any group also emerge to terrorize individuals or institutions for one reason or the other.
Although he agreed to the existence of Azorka Boys, he was quick to state that the group belonged not to the NDC as a party, but to the NDC regional chairman of the Northern Region, and even during the eight years of the NDC reign as government, the Azorka Boys, as a group, never perpetrated any act of violence or visited mayhem on Ghanaians compared to the NPP vigilante groups, including the Invincible Force, Delta Force and the Action Troopers.
“We all agree that vigilantism is not good but here we are talking about Delta Force. Look eighteen innocent students lost their lives because Invincible Forces went to sack trained tour guides at the Kintampo Waterfalls, and you are talking about Azorka Boys,” he added.
Mr. Anyidoho accused the NPP led government of bringing into the country mercenaries to train these groups during their time in opposition with the excuse that these forces were trained to offer protection to the party leadership.
Source: Therepublicenewsonline.com/ Nana Appiah Acquaye