Eight persons arrested for allegedly storming a Kumasi Circuit Court to free 13 members of a vigilante group reportedly aligned to the governing party – the New Patriotic Party (NPP), standing trial for attacking the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, have been ordered to be held in prison.
They are Ebenezer Opoku, Samuel Yeboah, Kofi Fosu, Christian Anokye, Kwame Frimpong, Suleman Wadud, Abass Caesar and Eric Kusi.
They have been charged with resisting arrest, rescuing persons in lawful custody and disturbance of court.
The accused pleaded not guilty and were remanded into prison custody to make their next appearance on Tuesday, April 18.
Mr. Gary Nimako, Counsel for the accused persons, pleaded for bail but was denied.
Mrs. Patricia Amponsah, the presiding judge, explained that due to the nature of the case, the bail request could not be granted.
There was drama at the KMA Circuit Court, last week Thursday, as members of a vigilante group, reportedly aligned to the governing party, stormed the courtroom to free their colleagues, who have been ordered to be held in prison custody.
For close to about 10 minutes, there was total confusion as the unarmed police officers present, struggled to evacuate the judge from the courtroom to safety.
The strongly built men insulted and threatened everybody and by the time police reinforcements arrived, they were gone with the 13 accused persons.
The police later arrested the eight and charged them for aiding in the escape of the remand prisoners.