The gangland-style shooting of two police officers at Lapaz, a suburb of Accra, last Friday, happened amidst a helpless and humiliating plea for mercy by the police officer, who lost his life in the line of duty.
As his assailants lorded over him with a gun leveled at him, the last words of the officer were frantic pleas to his assailants to spare his life.
The robbers did not have mercy and so three rounds of bullets were triggered off into the victim, leading to his untimely death.
An eyewitness who narrated the incident to Radio XYZ last Friday could not help decrying the degeneration of security under President Akufo-Addo to the point where policemen are now constrained to beg for mercy from criminals.
“Can you believe, a policeman was pleading with a civilian for mercy, what is going on in this country?”
According to him, in the heat of the attack, one of the two police officers took to his heels after sustaining bullet wounds, while the one who lost his life was constrained to beg for his life before he was executed.
As humiliating as that scenario was, it highlights a general state of insecurity that has come to characterize life in Ghana six months into the Presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
In six months that Nana has been President, a cloud of anxiety has hovered over both civilians and security personnel, with the security agencies bearing the brunt of the fallouts.
Barely a month ago, another police officer, Michael Kporye, of the Tema Regional Rapid Deployment Force (RDF), was shot dead by armed men at Tulaku, near Michel Camp, in the Greater Accra Region.
The victim’s body had been riddled with bullets.
Prior to that, a police officer had been shot at Akwansrem in the Ashanti Region, subsequent to which Lance Corporal Kwaku Mensah, who was stationed at Anwiankwanta in the Bekwai Municipality, sustained several gunshot wounds when gunmen attacked a vehicle he was travelling on.
The eyewitness, who had expressed disgust about the appalling state of insecurity in the country on XYZ, suggested that President Akufo-Addo declare a state of martial law so that soldiers will take over the duties of the police.
Interestingly, in the pernicious state of insecurity under Akufo-Addo, even Ghana’s military has not been spared. The dastardly attacks on police officers dovetail the lynching of a Military officer, Major Maxwell Mahama, at Denkyira Obuasi, barely two months ago.
The Lapaz crime also comes even as the shooting of another police officer, Lance Corporal Kumi Ackah, at Dawadawa, 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 lurking even if the security agents trained to protect others are themselves being slaughtered like chicken.
Security expert, Dr. Kwesi Aning, has said that the cause of the unprecedented spate of gun attacks is due to the fact that there are so many guns in the hands of private individuals.
But as the attacks seem to have surged in the immediate aftermath of the coming into office of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), suspicion that the party imported guns into the country, in the buildup to the 2016 elections, has become more believable.
In December 2015, large caches of weapons, kept being intercepted by police in the Ashanti Region, which is the stronghold of the ruling NPP.
In one busting, a cache, which included weapons that were powerful enough to shoot down an aircraft was seized by the police at Alabar, a suburb of Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region, which is the stronghold of the NPP.
Prior to that, in March, 2014, the police, in Obuasi, in the same Ashanti Region, had intercepted another large cache of weapons.
The NPP’s Ashanti Regional chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, alias Wontumi, a small scale miner, was well speculated to have been one of the main people behind weapon imports into the country.
Apparently, the peaceful end to the 2016 elections rendered the weapons that the ruling party had allegedly imported into the country redundant, making it opportune for many civilians to come into the possession of guns. These guns are suspected to be the ones murderously reporting around the country.
In the buildup to the elections too, the NPP had employed the services of many goons and instigated violence, with Kennedy Agyapong revealing that he (Agyapong) and National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah, had sponsored the activities of party goon squads, such as Invisible Forces and Delta Force.
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has long been revealed by former NPP National Chairman, Paul Afoko, to have smuggled in Serbian military tacticians to train the NPP’s party security in military tactics, even as the NPP’s employment of former South African cops to train the same party security in the buildup to the elections is well known.
In the aftermath of the elections, the NPP’s encouragement of violence, use of goons and alleged importation of guns into the country in the buildup to the 2016 elections have coalesced into a Frankenstein monster that the Akufo-Addo administration is faced with.
Experts believe it is the curse of this Frankenstein monster that has led to the spate of wanton murder of Ghanaians, with security officers bearing the brunt of the onslaught.
Amidst the problem, the Akufo-Addo government has betrayed incompetence on how to deal with the issue.
The Inspector General of Police has made a mess of a ‘Police Visibility’ programme that former IGP, Mohammed Alhassan, had instituted.
The programme, which entailed the deployment of police officers at vantage points around the country served as good deterrence to crime, while it was a source of assurance of safety to the public.
However, a consistent decline in police visibility since the assumption of the Chief Constabulary post by David Asante Apeatu, has seen a correlated increase in violent crimes around the country.
Amidst the problem, the Akufo-Addo government has also demonstrated collusion to violent crimes by its goons, with the Attorney General’s Department, infamously, filing nolle prosequi in the Delta Force case in which court proceedings had been overthrown and a judge assaulted by goons of the ruling party.
The same goons had attacked and assaulted the Ashanti Regional Coordinator for National Security, George Agyei.
As the body of Constable Daniel Owusu lies in the morgue, the late officer is just another more mortuary statistic from the state of insecurity under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The police administration is yet to find his killers.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels