The Vice Chairman of the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament, Ophelia Mensah Hayford Kwansah, lost his husband, when armed robbers attacked him and shot him close to the just ended general elections. The nation was saddened by this and calls were high, calling for the general security of Ghanaians to be prioritized.
Fast forward, she has replaced the husband in parliament, thanks to the generosity of the people of Mfantseman in the Central Region, after she resigned as a serving Police Officer. But interestingly, according to her, the fatal bullion van robbery incident is not an indication of a state of insecurity in Ghana.
Her comment follows the .
Whereas several news reports have indicated a fast rising state of sporadic armed robbery attacks and general insecurity in the country, Hon. Ophelia Mensah Hayford Kwansah insists that, the incident, which saw the gruesome killing of General Constable Emmanuel Osei and a trader who were shot by armed robbers at James town during an attack on a bullion van carting money, is an isolated one that should not be used as a measure of the state of security in the country.
“I think we should look at this incident as an isolated attack on the Police, and not insecurity within the country. The complaints of insecurity is a matter of concern, but it does not depict the whole country. This is an isolated case which we are going to deal with” she said.
“The general security of the populace or the country is not at stake. It is unfortunate that this incident happened, but as an ex-police officer, I believe in the police administration and I know they will conduct an in-depth investigation into the incident and bring the perpetrators to book. These things happen once a while, sometimes they go underground and then strike once in a while, but we won’t say this is insecurity, the police have been on top of issues,” she added.
“Last week I met with the committee, and we had some deliberations and came up with guidelines and procedures and recommendations that we are going to bring up for the general security of the country, and it’s unfortunate that before we could roll it out this incident happened”.
In a fast response, barely a day after the Policeman was killed, the IGP sent this strong worded statement, and it went viral, contributing to a national discourse of general security. The statement basically read that, “The IGP is also reminding the Association of Bankers to provide fortified armoured vehicles for carting currencies by the close of June 2021 as earlier agreed between them and the Police Service, else the Police will withdraw its officers for escort duties.”
So personally, I am lost at this. If this was an isolated incident, why will the IGP, send out a directive, literally asking all banks to provide fortified armored vehicles for carting money by end of June this year, referring the banks to an earlier meeting that was held on the subject.
Threatening that, his officers will stop offering g that service to the banks if the standard bullion vans are not made available this month ending.
One can understand how our "politricks" system plays out in our country, as any attack from her, may be an attack on her party and hence, this unfortunate statements from her, in my estimation, is a good excuse to refuse too point your left hand, to your fathers house.
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