The Coalition of Election Observers (CODEO) has indicated its intention to organize a national security summit to deliberate and develop actionable plans to tackle identified threats to the state’s security.

This is among other lasting solutions proposed by stakeholders at a regional round table discussions to end the phenomenon of party vigilantism in the country.

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Sheikh Arimiyawo Shaibu, Advisory Board Member of CODEO (right) and Nat’l Coordinator, CODEO Mr. Albert Arhin (left)

At a media briefing in Tamale at the end of a Regional Roundtable Discussions on political vigilantism in the country yesterday, Advisory Board Member of CODEO, Sheikh Arimiyawo Shaibu said participants reach a consensus that political parties should stop clandestinely patronizing the services of vigilante groups and admit their existence.

He further stated that stakeholders agreed to naming and shaming of political leaders who support and patronize the services of such groups and call for conscious efforts towards addressing youth and graduate unemployment in the country.

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The phenomenon of party vigilante groups and their activities have gradually found its way into the center of Ghana’s electoral politics which has been characterize with violence.

Participants however observed that there is growing mistrust among the security service as a result of their inability to enforce laws against groups which commit criminal offences as well as the political interference in the activities of the Police Service that disables their ability to tackle the menace of vigilantism.

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Sheikh Arimiyawo Shaibu, Advisory Board Member of CODEO (right) and Nat’l Coordinator, CODEO Mr. Albert Arhin (left)

To address the menace, Sheikh Arimiyawo believes the establishment of an independent body to appoint heads of security agencies and all head of security must be given a security of tenure as well as adequately resource the Police Service to be able to combat criminal activities by vigilante groups.

He also reiterated calls to decouple the Ministry of Justice from the Attorney General’s Department.

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By: Saaqa Alhassan Algore/fiilafmonline.com/gh

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