A Minister of State in charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong, says he is not aware why the men deployed by his ministry were in masks on the day of the election.
The minister said he has received several reports from some of the operatives that deployed the men but it would be best for the best that gave the order for the deployment to explain why the men wore masks.
He suggested to the commission to invite the commander who was in charge of the operation to answer questions on that.
When asked if the masked men are permanent employees of the National Security, he answered in the affirmative and said, the masked men are part of the operatives of National Security.
Responding to a question on the existence of vigilante groups and steps taken to disband them, he said, it is difficult today to go to places like Osu, Newtown, Achimota to arrest vigilante. That is not how it is done.
He said, it would be important to communicate through the media that, the existence of these groups is criminal and persons caught engaging in such activities, are liable to prosecution.
He called for stiffer punishments for such lawless people and assured Ghanaians extensive steps were being taken to find a lasting solution to the menace.
Meanwhile, he has flatly denied that the masked men are members of the NPP’s vigilante group, Invisible and Delta Forces.
‘’It is never true that these people were recruited from the NPP vigilante group, so far as I have been briefed and told, some of these operatives were there before the NPP came to power. So it cannot be that they were recruited from a vigilante group,’’ he said.
He said strict background checks are done and no vigilante group member would find his way to the National Security.
”To be fair and honest, the processes they go through to recruit these men to do the kind of job they do; they do extensive background check and I want to believe that, if they have that kind of background…they would never be recruited into the Ministry of National Security.”