To begin with, let me extend my condolences to the family of the late Constable Emmanuel Osei.
Nobody deserves to die in the manner he died, a young man who pledged his life to defend Ghana and protect life was left in a pool of blood because the system which was supposed to protect him rather failed him.
The difficulty about the death of Officer Emmanuel Osei was not just about how the armed robbers fractured his head gruesomely with bullet, but the manner at which these issues happen gets talked about for a few days and then dies the following week.
It is as though, human lives are no longer valued in Ghana, reason is that we have lost too many security personnel that shouldn’t have been the case.
I live in America, crime do happen in America too that’s basic knowledge but an effective system will mean that even in an unfortunate instance where such crimes happen, perpetrators will be apprehended and made to face full rigorous of the law.
When Constable Emmanuel Osei was shot in the head in Broad daylight, I knew there would be many talks about police protection.
Is it not rather surprising that after over 64 years of independence, Ghana still allow banks to transport bulk cash in modified Nissan hardbody and Toyota Hilux pickups ?
It is though, the Ghanaian leader still thinks armed robbers use gunpowder in attack.
I would not want to go back to give a chronology of crime cases from February till this June we are all witness to the many robbery cases but the talkative Inspector General of Police James Oppong Boanuh should never be in that office after all these.
The day he admitted Ghana is not heaven as such it’s only heaven that there is no crime should be his last day in office.
That statement is not only an insult to the deceased police officer but an insult to the taxpayer who is making sure that Oppong Boanuh’s family are well fed and protected.
When the issue of Vigilante started, I said on my show that Ghana is breeding something dangerous it cannot contain and all is pointing to how security seem to have broken down under the Watch of Akufo Addo.
When I spoke about how Musician Stonebwoy and his likes should be voice for the voiceless in making sure everyone in Ghana is protected it’s not because I have any personal issues with Stonebwoy but because I know that bullet does not discriminate once it’s fired.
How many police officers, civilians and properties will Ghana lose before those dedicated with powers to act will act ?
It’s really disturbing how fast our country has gone back under the watch of those in helm of affairs now.
When I read the Police service have arrested some 215 suspect in respect to the bullion van attack at James Town in Accra, I knew it’s one of those knee jerk approach as usual.
Gathering intelligence has gone beyond these 18th century way of Policing by Ghana Police.
Whether or not the killers of officer Emmanuel Osei are arrested will not solve the issue, I support every move to have the killers arrested and prosecuted.
But the question is what becomes the fate of those still alive in the Police service?
A Police service with just 5000 bulletproof vest as revealed by Interior minister Ambrose Dery is not a police service committed to dealing with crime.
A Police service which do not have a Walkie Talkie for all officers is not a police service ready to fight crime.
A police service without sidearm for every officer on duty is not a police service not ready to fight crime.
It’s only in Ghana that in 2021, police officers still move with Ak47 assault rifles which many are but even effective.
We can have all the talks and theoretical solutions but if the real issues are not dealt with by Nanking sure the police service and other security services are equipped, we will have this discussion about how an office was shot on duty again.
When the James Town attack happened, it didn’t take long for another attack to happen on the Winneba highway on yet another bullion van because the Robbers have come to realization that Ghana is not serious about fighting crimes.
I end here by saying, when will the banks have armored vehicles transporting their cash, when will the police officers be given bulletproof vest and helmet on duty?