Police in the Ashanti Region have arrested eight people in their crackdown on Delta Force vigilante members who freed suspects in a courtroom on Thursday April 6.
This was announced by the Public Relations Officer of the Ashanti Regional Police, ASP Nketiah Yeboah.
However, he was quick to add that the suspects who were on trial in the first place are still at large.
Some members of Delta Force, a vigilante group associated with the governing New Patriotic Party, besieged the Kumasi Circuit Court and freed its members who were facing charges for attacking the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator.
Reports suggest that the group nearly assaulted the Judge, Mary Senkyire and also destroyed some court properties.
Thirteen (13) members of the group were detained after the group assaulted the newly appointed Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Adjei in March 2017.
According to Accra-based Class FM, only two police officers were on duty at the court at the time, with one of them being pregnant. However, they managed to get judge Mary Nsenkyire to safety, while Delta Force members vandalised property at the court.
Vigilante groups and the mayhem they cause are not new in Ghanaian politics as the two main political parties, the NPP and the opposition National Democratic Congress have been criticised for harbouring such groups; under the disguise of private security.
The police have also been censured for failing to bring these groups to face the law.
The government was hoping to send a strong signal that it was not going to tolerate violence perpetuated by vigilante groups. However, with this latest incident - a violent attack on the judiciary, Ghanaians would be looking to see the next move made by the police.