Former Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Emmanuel Bombande says the commitment of politicians in the country is needed to strengthen legal policies to abolish vigilantism.

The UN Senior Mediation Advisor stated emphatically that the act of vigilantism does not align with the country’s democratic regime, hence, the need to eradicate the canker from Ghana’s political system.

“A legal instrument by itself does not end vigilantism if it is not accompanied by a total political will to frown on vigilantism to see it as something that is looming danger that can degrade and erode our security environment,” he told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story on Monday.

Mr Bombande’s comment comes as a response to an attempted abduction of the Regional Security Coordinator, DCOP (Rtd) Kweku Ayensu Opare-Addo.

Seven men allegedly invaded the office of Mr Opare-Addo on Tuesday evening, May 11 to forcibly evict him from his residence at gunpoint putting him in handcuffs for reasons yet to be ascertained.

Recounting his torturous ordeal, DCOP Opare Addo said he was targeted by the group because he prevented them from engaging in illegal mining activities in the region.

Describing DCOP Opare Addo’s ordeal as humiliating, Dr Bombande is of the view that the said group is being shielded by top political officials – the reason they had the gust to carry out such crime.

“DCOP Opare Addo is not an ordinary person he built a reputation for himself in active police service up to the ranking DCOP before he retard then to become regional security liaison for him to be humiliated the way he was is significant, nobody would have entered his office if that person was not convinced that they were protected by a godfather from somewhere.”

The conflict resolution and peacebuilding professional further indicated that the Vigilantism bill which was passed in 2019 will be ineffectual if political actors do not commit to flash out the menace.

“If we did that and now the  vigilantism and related offences bill is passed  the activities of anybody who commits that crime which is criminal can be much easily dealt with but if we do not have political will to pick out vigilantism it will continue to occur and reoccurred.”