– Killings… Shootings…Rowdyism Galore!                      

…As Mayweather cancels planned visit

The latest confirmation that security and public safety is in a shambles under the Presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is yesterday’s shooting of a police officer, gangland style, at Afariwa, a suburb of Tema. In the Greater Accra Region

The police officer identified as Constable Michael Kporyi, of the Tema Regional Rapid Deployment Force (RDF), who had been detailed for motorbike patrol duties, had been gunned down by an unknown duo.

Speculative media reports have suggested that the assailants were armed robbers even though the targeting and killing of a lone police officer on patrol duties by firing several rounds of bullets into him does not corroborate armed robbery motives.

As the late cop’s bullet-riddled body is consigned to the morgue, his dastardly murder dovetails with the lynching of a Military officer, Major Maxwell Adam Mahama at Denkyira Obuasi barely a month ago.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The murder also comes even as the shooting of another police officer, Lance Corporal Kumi Ackah, at Dawadawa, supposed to have been mistaken for an armed robber by his own colleagues, remains unsolved.

 A sudden advent of murdering of security personnel following the coming into office of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has left fear in the country. Civilians are questioning what fate is waiting to pounce on them even if the security agents trained to protect others are themselves being slaughtered like chicken.

Amidst the spate of insecurity, characterized by an admixture of lynching, beatings and hounding, American celebrity boxer, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is said to have canceled a planned visit to Ghana.

Mayweather’s management has suddenly announced a change in plans to visit Ghana without any tangible reasons, as media reports surface that the celebrity pugilist is not convinced that his safety can be guaranteed in Ghana.

Under the climate of fear and insecurity that is shooing away potential tourism benefits, however, President Akufo-Addo is sitting cool like a cucumber.

Interestingly, the Akufo-Addo regime, which is seen as directly blamable for the spate of murders, stands justly accused of encouraging a culture of impunity with main actors as goon squads of the ruling party.

Among others, the Invisible Forces, the NPP vigilante group, are known to have gotten away with assault on a police officer, DSP Nanka Bruce, at the seat of Government, Flagstaff House, after pouncing on him and pummeling him and then dispossessing him of his car.

Incidentally, the attack had been recorded on a CCTV camera, but immediately footage of the attack leaked into the media, a soldier said to have been suspected of the leakage simply because he had been on duty at the time, was arrested and locked in a guardroom at Burma Camp, without food or water.

The victimized soldier has since maintained his innocence.

Another goon squad of the NPP, Delta Force, a few months ago attacked the Ashanti Regional Coordinator of National Security, George Agyei, manhandling him and hounding him out of his office.

A resultant assault case that had led to the arraignment of suspects from the group before a Kumasi circuit court saw colleagues of the suspects, storming the court where the trial was ongoing, to overthrow adjudication and forcibly free the suspects.

Developments after that have been even more scandalous with the Attorney General’s Department, filing nolle prosequi to discontinue the case, after an MP from the ruling party, Kennedy Agyapong, had gone on radio to threaten that if the suspects from the Delta Force standing trial for the attack on the court were prosecuted, he would personally start a massive demonstration against his own government.

Just two days ago, another goon squad of the NPP, the Kandahar Boys of Tamale, had hounded the President’s Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Savelugu Nantong, Ayishetu Seidu , from office amidst a violent protest.

The pernicious state of insecurity has forced the opposition National Democratic Congress to warn that if President Akufo-Addo does not stamp his feet on the situation, the NDC will be constrained to start a social revolution.

A former revolutionist, Capt (Rtd) Kojo Boakye-Djan, has also warned the President to either get things under control or step down from the Presidency.

The state of insecurity is directly blamable on a sense of impunity among goons of the ruling party, which the party has in every single of the 10 regions of the country. Ken Agyapong, the NPP’s MP for Assin Central, has long revealed that he personally funds these goon squads.

The sense of impunity driving the activities of the likes of the Kandahar Boys, Invisible Forces, Delta Force and Bolgatanga Bulldogs, directly emanates from President Akufo-Addo himself as the President is known to be their number one cheerleader.

While in opposition, then Candidate Akufo-Addo had praised violent attacks by the goons on Ghanaians at a by-election at Atiwa, declaring in the aftermath of attacks that led to the wounding of some Ghanaians perceived to be NDC supporters that, “sebi sebi Atiwa koraa yekyire womo biribi kakra wohor,” to wit, “even in Atiwa we showed them a little of the stuff we are made of.”

The President had gone on to declare the 2012 elections as an “all die be die” affair, a clarion call that has since resonated with his party’s numerous goon squads.

Meanwhile, the state of insecurity in the country is said to be the reason that American celebrity boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr, has canceled his planned trip to Ghana.

The most successful pugilist of all time’s trip to Africa was supposed to be part of the boxing champion’s social responsibility to people of African descent by way of a health initiative dubbed: “Boxing Meningitis away from Africa.”

He was supposed to have touched down in Accra on 15th June, after having visited Nigeria.

However, media reports reveal that the state of insecurity in the country inspired a change of mind leading to an indefinite postponement.

Former Deputy Minister of Tourism and Parliamentary candidate for the Akwatia Constituency, Alhaji Baba Jamal Mohammed Ahmed, has since decried the turn of events.

“It’s very sad Mayweather was unable to come to Ghana, he’s a legend and the most successful boxer ever to walk on the face of the earth,” he told Accra-based Okay FM yesterday.

“If he comes to your country it is like being honoured with a World Cup or AFCON tournament, it comes with a lot of benefit. It’s unfortunate, he could have come with business tycoon and with this it requires a peaceful environment. 

“So is unfortunate he didn’t come because of insecurity in this country. “The main reason he postponed his tour to Ghana is that the country is not safe for him, what’s going on now shows clearly that our securities are not too good for him.

“If President Nana Addo will stop his foreign tours and take a critical look at our security system, it will be better for Mayweather and his people to come down.”

Following the lynching of the late Major Maxwell Mahama, President Akufo-Addo, whose position as Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces naturally made him chief mourner of the slain soldier, could not stay for his burial rites because he preferred to travel abroad at the time.



Source: Fiifi Samuels

The Republic News Online

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