A weekend of lawlessness (2)

Sergeant George Boakye, was gunned down as he parked his car close to the Accra Abattoir to attend to nature’s call. He was shot by assailants and later died in the hospital by assailants. His car was found crashed by the assailants.

Then again, a 40–year- old toll collector David Assumeh was killed in a shooting spree at the PW Quarry Site at Doryumu   in the Shai Osu  Doku area of the Greater Accra Region.

Angry residents of the area attacked police personnel stationed there and vandalised the station. What an irony of fate to attack police, who are stationed to protect the citizens.

They were reported to have attacked and vandalised the police station, on the flimsy excuse that the police failed to act swiftly on the reported shooting incident.  Can we imagine the reprisal from the police?

Modern policing is based on scientific approach to crime investigations, which normally takes time to conduct. Society must understand this and stop this wanton attacks on police stations and their personnel.

Further, Dissah, a farming community in the North Gonja District of the North Gonja District of  the Northern Region was set ablaze in an arson , by a group of gunmen, in what is suspected to be linked to protracted land feud. Lives were lost and livelihoods gone up in flames.

Again, the New Patriotic Party Brong-Ahafo Regional Youth organiser, Kwame Baffoe, alias, Abronye DC was mercilessly beaten up by members of his party over party matters at Atebubu. He has suffered a fracture and wounds and he is receiving treatment. Enough of these violent behaviours!

These killings and maiming at the weekend and previous ones show that our security is still fragile. We, therefore, urge the security apparatus including the National Peace Council to reactivate their early warning system to nip in the bud these security threats.

We also urge the government, to take urgent steps to close the police population ratio which stands as one police to population of 848, far lower than the international standard practice of one police man to population of 500.

This, we believe will make available more human resource for expanded community policing and the police visibility strategies.

We sympathise with the bereaved families and wish the injured speedy recovery!






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