The Akatsi Police, collaborating with the police in neighbouring Togo, have retrieved human bones and a skull suspected to be those of a 28-year-old motor (Okada) rider who went missing on April 21, this year.
Kudos to both police commands for their efforts.
The Akatsi Police had earlier received a complaint from the father of the missing man, Louis Agbogli, a native of Atidzive and resident of Akatsi, both within the Akatsi South Municipality in the Volta Region.
Following the complaint, the police, as usual, started preliminary investigations with useful information from colleagues of the missing man who, together with him, plied their trade at Akatsi.
Currently two suspects, Regina Dagba, an 18-year-old girl, and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Etse Datsomor, are in police custody to reappear in court on June 2, 2023 for admitting murdering Louis.
If this confession or admission is anything to go by, then we first express our sympathies to the bereaved family and friends and pray that you would get the strength to stand in this moment of grief.
We are consoled by the fact that it did not take too long to know the fate of Louis; sometimes others go missing and it takes years to find them dead or alive, most probably because the information and collaboration the police need to work effectively does not come readily.
The Akatsi murder case has therefore caused us to remind ourselves of the importance to collaborate with the police in their investigations and also the need for the police to relate well with the public so that it does not become difficult for them to enjoy the needed collaboration.
Sometimes members of the public fear to deal with the police, particularly by divulging some information to them for fear that the police would turn round and unmask them to criminals who would try to harm them later.
Some of these people have either personal experiences or heard about other people’s ordeal.
We know the police are trained to keep mute over the details of those who assist them mostly in criminal cases, yet some of them violate their oath of secrecy or whatever they call it and put the lives of collaborators, particularly ordinary members of the public, in danger.
This happens especially when money changes hands later, they say.
We, however, know that there are fine police personnel who would not let collaborators or the general public down no matter what.
It is these ones that we take as our reference to encourage the public to help the police to unravel the myth around cases for speedy trial and bring them to closure.
We can conjecture that the Akatsi Police are fine with the Okada riders and the entire community, hence their finding it easy to discover and retrieve the skeletal remains of Louis Agbogli.
While we appeal to the police to always make the public have confidence in them that they are there to ensure law and order, thereby ensuring public safety, we expect the public to give the police maximum assistance to do that.
But we pray that the Police Administration would sanction any policeman or woman who would do anything to undermine police-public collaboration.