The ritualistic one-week observance for Constable Daniel Owusu, the police officer, who lost his life in the line of duty, when two armed robbers struck in broad daylight at La Paz, a suburb of Accra, came off without any representation from government.
Prince Derek Adjei, a former Deputy Chief Executive of the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) office, said last Saturday that during the observance of the solemn occasion, there was not a single government official present to commiserate with the bereaved family.
This, he said, on Accra-based Radio Gold, is totally unbecoming of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), whose assumption of power has seen a massive wave of broad day insecurity that has led to the broad daylight murder of security personnel.
A little over a week ago, Const. Daniel Owusu had lost his life, after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds at the hands of armed robbers who had struck in broad daylight at Lapaz. A colleague of his, with whom he was on duty, survived gunshot wounds.
The casualty had been constrained to plead for his life before his assailant, who was lording over him with a leveled gun, shot several rounds into him, because the policeman did not have a gun on him.
Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, has since confirmed that the police officer did not have a weapon on him because of a government policy not to arm deployed on community assignments.
The incident rekindled public outrage over insecurity in the country and it was expected that the government would at least make placating gestures as part of efforts to rehabilitate the fallen officer’s memory.
However, Prince Derek Adjei says not a single government official was at the one week commemoration of his death.
The officer left behind a widow and six children.
At the week observance, the widow had wept bitterly and asked rhetorically how she was supposed to look after all six children with the bread winner of the family snuffed out.
Her lamentations had only been caught by the media without a single government official around to commiserate with her.
It is not clear why the New Patriotic Party government refused to send a delegation to the one week observance.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels