Since January 2017, when Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, took the oath of office, insecurity, has become the cardinal subject agitating the minds of Ghanaians, following the unimaginable level of lawlessness and armed robberies, never seen in the annals of the Fourth republican dispensation.
Whiles, Ghanaians should have been more secured with the appointments of more than seven persons to head various security portfolios, as well as newly created ones, they are even more apprehensive, about their personal safety now more than ever before, with the widespread daylight robberies in a gangster style or Hollywood style, as some have described it.
Even more worrying is that the apparatuses of state security seem not just incapable of detecting and preventing the attacks before they happen, but that even when they have intelligence about the raids, they seem unwilling, or incapable – or both – of taking pre-emptive actions.
On November 6, 2017, The Central Regional Police Command has arrested seven suspected notorious armed robbers who have been terrorizing residents in the region.
On July 2, 2017, a police corporal with the Ashanti Regional Anti-Robbery Taskforce, was shot and wounded in a gun-battle with armed robbers one of whom was killed.
On December 23, 2017, one person was injured after a gang of armed robbers attacked members of the Adoato-Adumanu branch of the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church during an all-night prayer service Sunday.
On February 28, just two days ago, a Lebanese national was confirmed dead in a robbery incident in the Tema Industrial area in the Greater Accra Region.
On February 27, Four suspected armed robbers Tuesday allegedly stormed the Royal Motors Ghana Limited, an automobile company, in the Industrial Area, in Accra and made away with thousands of cedis of the company’s sales.
In the incidents mentioned above, as well as many others, the authorities, especially the Commander-In-Chief of The Ghana Armed Forces, usually announces – sometimes with fanfare – the deployment of security personnel to the scenes of the attacks days after the assailants had melted away. Later, the arrest of one or two suspects will be announced – with fanfare as well.
It is pertinent, in our opinion, that providing security is not about chasing after the criminals days after the commission of the crime, it is about crime detection and prevention. The maxim – prevention is better than cure – holds everlasting truth and wisdom. Preventing one innocent life from being wasted is more useful than clamping 100 criminals in jail.
We are aware that, the security agencies have operational challenges, but when it comes to taking action to prevent avoidable deaths, we urge them to approach the issue, with the seriousness it deserves. That is the way to go in the maintenance of law and order needed to safeguard lives and property.