Nana Oye Lithur Former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, has shared her views on the growing incidence of vigilantism and pockets of violence marring the peace and stability of the country.
She believes president Nana Akufo-Addo, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, is not doing enough to tackle vigilantism which keeps threatening lives and the democracy of the country.
The former cabinet minister said she’s disappointed that the activities of vigilante groups keep rising and endangering the country although Ghanaians and civil society groups had raised concerns over them.
Criticizing the government, the human rights lawyer, however, called on Ghanaians to “rise up” and kick against the reluctance of the Akufo-Addo government to disband such party militias from the country.
“If he fails to answer questions, Ghanaians should take it up to the court,” she told Mugabe Maase on Inside Politics on Radio XYZ, explaining that the silence and posturing of the ministers in charge of the country’s security over the worrying trend only means “the groups will continue to operate with impunity” and cause harm to innocent people.
She was reacting to the latest Joy News exposé that unveiled the activities of a vigilante group associated with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) which trains at the former seat of government, the Christiansborg Castle at Osu in Accra.
The investigative journalist, Manasseh Azuri Awuni, exposed the operations of the group known as ‘De-Eye Group’ and said the facility had been used by the militia group for close to two years.