Election 2016 We will treat 'violent' vigilante groups as common criminals - Police

The Director of Counter Terrorism Superintendent of Police, Adofiem Raymond Wejong said that vigilantes were supposed to be people who were vigilant, law abiding and to report any bad deeds to the Police to deal with.

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The Ghana Police Service has cautioned political vigilante groups who would employ the use of arms to be prepared to contend with the Counter Terrorist Unit of the Service.

The Director of Counter Terrorism Superintendent of Police, Adofiem Raymond Wejong said that vigilantes were supposed to be people who were vigilant, law abiding and to report any bad deeds to the Police to deal with.

“Anyone who commits any act of violence in the name of any political party or under any cover is a common criminal and we will deal with such individuals as common criminals and not as political vigilantes,” he told the GNA on the sidelines of a graduation service of trained personnel in the Upper East Region where officers had engaged residents of Paga on counter terrorism advocacy. 

The Ghana Police Service has trained 365 police personnel drawn from the 10 regions to form an anti-violence advocacy group to combat violence and other crimes ahead of the December polls.

The training was aimed at preparing and toughening up the personnel to be able to deal with hardened criminals across the country.

Thirty personnel were drawn from each of the 11 Police Regions, including the Tema Region, and they were equipped with the requisite skills to make them more disciplined, firm, tough and fearless.

“The training, also aimed at developing an attitude in the men to be anti-violence advocates,” Superintendent of Police, Adofiem Raymond Wejong, said.

“It, therefore, means that they themselves do not have to be violent. They could face any violent situation but deal with it in a manner that will not affect innocent people,” he added.

He said within the three weeks, police personnel were able to educate people in Bolgatanga, Pwalugu, Paga and Navrongo against violence and warned that anyone caught in the act of violence would be dealt with according to the law.

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