Constraint on a Kumasi-based High Court Judge, Justice Senyo Amedahe, to pack bag and baggage and flee the Ashanti Regional capital, showing a clean pair of heels to open attempts to murder him, did not trend hard in the media the way it should.
This is because, six days ago, when it happened, Ghana was in the throes of shock over the dastardly lynching of a soldier, Capt. Maxwell Mahama, in Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region.
Besides, Justice Amedahe’s case, which entailed burglary at his house in his absence, is child’s play compared to the melodramatic experience of a colleague jurist, Mary Nsenkyire, who had been assaulted by members of the ruling party’s goon squad, the Delta Force, after her adjudication of a case was overthrown.
In the past five months, Ghana has become a grand stage for swashbuckling goonery, with the beating of a serving policeman at the Flagstaff House by the Invisible Forces, one of numerous goon squads of the ruling party, as a good highlight.
Among others, Delta Force, another goon squad of the ruling party, has also had the temerity to beat up an Ashanti Regional Coordinator for National Security and gone on to overthrow court proceedings trying the resultant crime, amidst open support by an MP from the ruling party, while the Attorney General discontinues prosecution.
The country has also had to witness the molestation of civil servants, the vandalism of ECG vehicles and toll booths, and the torching of police stations, among other things.
Ghana, in the past five months, has been in a state of insecurity that has constrained the opposition National Democratic Congress to warn of a possible revolution, as Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo superintends as President.
Interestingly, this state of chaos under Akufo-Addo, in Africa’s beacon of democracy, was foretold a long time ago.
In June 2011, Washington based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIC), had warned in a report that Akufo-Addo was the biggest threat to peace and security in Ghana.
In that report on Africa titled: “GHANA; Assessing Risks to Stability,” fear had been expressed on Akufo-Addo’s bellicose posturing as the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the then opposition New Patriotic Party.
Authored By David W. Throup and commissioned by the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), the report had highlighted what it said were “Key Stress Points,” and referenced inflammatory rhetoric such as “all die-be-die,” “we Akans,” and becoming “president at all cost” as punch lines that indicated Ghana would not be safe under Akufo-Addo.
“… The role of the NPP leader and expected presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, will be crucial, and early signals suggest reason for worry. Akufo-Addo is desperate to mobilize support, and he has played the ethnic card, referring to the NPP as “We the Akans,” urging his supporters to “all die be die”—that is, they should be willing to die to ensure the NPP’s victory,” the report had noted among other things.
Again, in early 2016, a compilation of Western intelligence for multinational companies looking to do business in Africa, had named Nana Akufo-Addo as the most dangerous and divisive Opposition leader in Africa.
The 163 page report, which had named Warren Kizza Besigye Kifefe of Uganda’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), as the most peaceful opposition leader in Africa, had also feared that even though Ghana had arguably the strongest democratic institutions in Africa, the bullfrog temperament of Akufo-Addo made him a threat to peace and stability in the country.
It has been less than six months into the Presidency of Akufo-Addo and Ghana is in unprecedented chaos that has constrained the opposition NDC to warn that it might just be compelled to lead a social revolution.
The chaos, which had started as a continuation of Akufo-Addo’s champion of violence in opposition, including applause of the beatings and maiming of Ghanaians at a by-election in Atiwa, by the Invisible Forces, a goon squad of the ruling party, started with a harassment of former government officials over state vehicles.
As the Invisible Forces stomped about town and seized cars of former regime actors, a police officer, ASP Nanka Bruce, had been grabbed at the Flagstaff House, on 9th January, just two days after Akufo-Addo’s investiture, and beaten, while a car he was driving was forcibly yanked from his possession.
Following the incident, which was captured in a video footage by a CCTV camera, the perpetrators of the act were shielded from prosecution, in spite of public outcry while a soldier who, happened to be on duty at the seat of Government on the day, was accused of circulating the video on social media and detained in a guardroom at Burma Camp.
For two whole days, the innocent soldier had been held without food, with his wife only allowed to see him on the third day.
The Invisible Forces conduct had set the stage for impunity from other such goon squads in the NPP with Delta Force soon striking in Kumasi, where the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei, had been set upon, beaten and hounded out of his office.
According to the Delta Force, Mr. Agyei did not deserve the position because he had not fought with the NPP from the trenches.
A public outcry that followed the Delta Force attack eventually compelled a reluctant NPP regime to arrest and arraign 13 of Delta Force members before court, but in the wake of the arraignment, the NPP’s MP for Assin Central, had gone on radio to threaten to demonstrate against the government if the goons were jailed.
It had also emerged that, upon their arrest over the George Agyei incident, leaders of the Delta Force goon squad had met with Ken Agyapong and other MPs of the ruling party and obtained the assurance that their prosecution would not lead anywhere, and that their appearance before court was only going to be a formality.
Obviously, the assurance was an encouragement to the Delta Force’ goonery because soon, members of the goon squad stormed the Kumasi court where their colleagues were standing trial, overthrew court proceedings, assaulted the trial judge and forcibly freed their members on trial from the court.
The shocking thuggery evoked another public outcry as the United Nations issued a rare condemnation. Following from this, the government reluctantly rearrested the goons but soon, the Attorney General’s Department filed nolle prosequi, claiming it did not have evidence to prosecute.
These same heady days under Akufo-Addo have seen the vandalism of vehicles belonging to the Electricity Company of Ghana and a police station in Somanya over killer electricity bills, the burning down of toll booths and the violent continuation of illegal mining, also known as galamsey, around the country.
Just a week ago, a military officer on detachment to Denkyira Boase in the Central region, Capt. Maxwell Mahama, had been gruesomely lynched by a mob that was organized by the ruling party’s Constituency Secretary for Diaso, William Baah.
As the military invaded the area, amidst revelations that the murdered captain had been killed for fighting galamsey, which William Baah allegedly dabbles in, it emerged after the bludgeoning and torching of the body of the late soldier that William Baah also nursed guns in his house in the area.
It was while the nation was dealing with the shocking revelations that Justice Senyo Amedahe was constrained to run away from Kumasi for fear of his life.
Ghana under President Akufo-Addo is in a state of insecurity that is unprecedented in the 4th Republic as goon squads of the party stomp about and turn the country into something akin to a banana republic. Amidst the mess, even supporting casts in Akufo-Addo’s government, including Gender Minister Otiko Djaba and Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari, are suspected masterminds of murder that the regime is shielding from prosecution
The state of affairs which fulfills the 2011 prediction of the US based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIC) has constrained the opposition National Democratic Congress to warn that it might be forced to lead a revolution which is only waiting to spark.
“The NDC will sooner than later, if this level of impunity persists, be compelled to engage in a legitimate social revolution to protest the inability of the President to protect the good people of Ghana,” a statement signed by Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC warned.
The state of insecurity under the NPP, interestingly, runs contrary to what the party had promised Ghanaians in its election manifesto. In chapter 145 of the 2016 manifesto, the party interestingly, claimed the state of tranquillity that had prevailed under former President Mahama was rather unacceptable, promising to provide more security.
“Ghanaians are becoming increasingly concerned about their security, due to the increasing levels of crime and lawlessness under the Mahama-led NDC government. Today, Ghanaians do not feel safe. The Mahama-led NDC government has failed the people of Ghana in terms of the security of the country and of its citizens. Our existing laws are largely not enforced, and when they are, they are done selectively, often with much interference from the Executive. The NPP Government will secure peace and security for all Ghanaians. Under the NPP Government, Ghanaians will feel safe on the streets and in their homes. Ghanaians will go about their daily business in the secure knowledge that their persons, properties and lives are safe under an NPP Government. NPP believes that the strict enforcement of our existing laws by our security agencies, without selectivity, will go a long way to sanitize our nation, assuage the fears of the citizenry and dramatically transform our society.
In this regard, the next NPP government will ensure that all our security personnel are properly-trained, properly-resourced, and provided with incentives to enable them discharge professionally their duties and obligations fairly and effectively without any interference from the executive branch of government in order to make the country a safe place for all our citizens. The NPP will ensure that our security personnel are also adequately prepared to deal with the emerging threats of terrorism and cybercrime, which will be another major priority of our government.”
This was just the preamble to the ruling party’s lofty promise on security in the manifesto.