The recent upsurge of lawlessness in the country, must be a source of worry to many Ghanaians.

Within the last few weeks, The Ghanaian Times has harped on a series of lawlessness in different parts of the country.

Among the reported cases were, the mayhem at Techiman in the Brong-Ahafo Region in which two religious groups clashed over a piece of land, a clash between two transport unions at Amasaman in the Ga West District of the Greater Accra Region and the youth vandalism that took place at Sreso-Tinpom Police Station in the Atwima-Mponua District of the Ashanti Region.

In recent times, it has become common for a group of people, especially the youth, to take the law into their own hands to disturb the peace in the country with impunity.

It is difficult to imagine why these days it has become so rampant for pockets of violence to erupt, when we have all the security apparatus in place.

What is indeed, baffling is the fact that, anytime these disturbances are exposed, the security services quickly moved to the scene and make few arrests, only for these suspects to be set free eventually.

As a matter of fact, we are yet to hear of anyone being imprisoned for rioting in the country.

Disturbingly, during some of these riots, people lose their lives while properties are destroyed, but punishment for those involved has never served as a deterrent enough.

Perhaps, that is why we continue to witness these frequent violent riots, including attacks on our security services.

The latest attack on the police station and the destruction of property is unlawful, and a slap in the face of our security agencies.

It appears that there is lack of law and order in our various communities, and the police who are to enforce peace and security, are the very people who are being attacked aimlessly.

It is time the security services send a strong signal to these troublemakers that, they are ready to meet them squarely to guarantee the safety of the citizens if they don’t put a stop to their nefarious activities.

It is, our opinion that the present wave of lawlessness must be curtailed to ensure that, the situation does not get out of hand.

We call on the Ministry of the Interior, the security agencies and other stakeholders to help bring the situation under control immediately!


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