The security services are a sanity element in nation-building. Ranging from police officers to armed forces have been accorded the regard in society. A few years ago it was just police or army who dealt with criminals. That focus on them remains but the mystery of the 'new officer'.
The headline of 6th June report by GNA of a police officer Mr Godwin Mensah allegedly robbing a gold dealer of 10,000 in Obuasi. Subsequently subjecting his victim to physical assault, echoes 'police again?'. He and two others who are at large attacked him at home for illegal gold trade. When a distress call led to their arrest about 5,800 was returned. ROBBERY: CONTRARY TO SECTION 149 OF THE CRIMINAL OFFENCES ACT 1960(29) of The Constitution of the state.
In the US Embassy's report on crime and safety in Ghana 2020, it clearly says it's estimated that over 1.2million arms are in circulation. Citing the increase in daylight robbery common in the big towns. It estimated that 500/year in those who die of violent crimes in Ghana.
Worthy of note was the fact that the report clearly states that the police sparingly enforce road safety rules. This situation presents a worrying trend. Because an average of 6 people dies per day. That will be a wapping 2,190/year.
So, when law enforcement agencies have pockets of leads in crime. Which is quite common in Ghana. Why? Because the process of selecting officers in Ghana is "party affiliation". What is common among party foot soldiers exactly manifest in the esteemed security services. Sad enough, a lot of crimes are committed with the knowledge of security officers who do nothing. Are you surprise, two shared this sorry state of the security in Ghana.
To conclude, the law must be made to work. A lot of good guys are there let's build the security on those dignified individuals.
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2. Ghana crime and safety report, 2020, www.osac.gov/Country/Ghana/Content/Detail/Report/20f92605-d636-44e3-9aff-18a2cd8d03f2, retrieved on 7/06/2020
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