The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Emmanuel Asante has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to strongly condemn the lawless and violent takeovers of state facilities by some suspected members of the ruling New Patriotic Party.

According to Rev. Asante, the government and Police must ensure that the lawless behavior of the suspected NPP members are immediately curtailed before it gets out of hand.

“The Police must act, the government must act, I know that right at the moment they [government] are saddled by all sorts of responsibilities but these are the very things that can cause diversion so the sooner we nib it in the bud the better,” Rev. Asante told Naa Dedei Tettey on Starr Today on Wednesday.

Rev. Asante added; “The president must come out clearly and tell these people that this is not the time for payback, this is not the time for vengeance, this is not the time for impunity and for people to take the laws into their hands, we need that peaceful atmosphere for them to deliver their mandate.”

His comments come after some lawless and violent takeovers of government facilities including public toilets, the Tema Port, the passport office and the Youth Enterprise Authority by members of the NPP.

The hostile and unruly behavior of the NPP members started days after the swearing-in of President Akufo-Addo. The NPP members claim that the decision to takeover state facilities is a payback for the same treatment meted out to them in 2009 after the NDC came into power.