The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) director of elections, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has questioned the current administration’s preparedness to safeguard the security of Ghanaians, saying the impunity of crimes being committed, leaves much to be desired.
He believes Ghana is gradually tethering on the precipice of instability with the worrying security issues and widespread insurrection cases being reported in parts of the country.
According to him, since the New Patriotic Party (NPP), led by Nana Akufo-Addo assumed office; the country has been characterized by series of violent incidents, with some youth groups associated with the governing party always on the rampage; destroying state properties, vandalizing state institutions, attacking people who worked under the previous government and seizing properties belonging to the state.
Mr. Ofosu Ampofo, a former Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, made these comments, whiles contributing to a panel discussion on Peace FM’s flagship programme, ‘Kokrokoo’ on Wednesday.
His observation, comes on the heels of claim by Ghana Police that, crime such as murder and robbery, is on the decline compared to the same period last year.
In far away Savelugu in the Northern Region, executives of the Constituency, have prevented their Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) from going to the office, because they claim they don’t know her.
They have accused her of paying bribe to assembly members before she was approved, but the Local Government Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama, has jump to her defense, begging them to allow her work.
Subsequently, following the decision by the executives not to allow her work, some army officers have been ordered to aid her to her office to work.
There is also the action of the Invicible Forces, Delta Forces, who few months ago, ousted the Ashanti Regional security coordinator form his office, molested him and freed their colleagues in court when they were arrested and put before court.
He cited the recent murder of the late Major Maxwell Mahama by a mob at Denkyira-Boase and Monday shooting to death of a Police officer at Michel Camp, among other incidents, as some of the demeaning cases, which expose the Nana Addo led-administration of not being on top of security matters.
Choosing not to lend credence to publisher of pro-NPP newspaper Chronicle, Kofi Koomson, who is reported to have once said that, he could not afford to sleep if Akufo-Addo became president, asserted that “if someone says we’re not in a state of insecurity, then the person is living in self-delusion . . . Law and order is breaking down in this country everywhere.”
He appealed to the president to set up a policy to compensate public servants, particularly security personnel, who meet their untimely death in the line of duty.