The Ghana police in a swift response, has arrested Patrick Asiedu , who is suspected to be the person in an alleged audio tape accusing some police officers of planting narcotics substance on him.
According to the Ghana Police Service, Patrick Asiedu who introduced himself earlier as Dr Patrick Asiedu in the viral audio is a driver of a ride-hailing app and not a medical doctor.
The police in a press statement dated January 18, 2023, said that investigations show that the entire story narrated in the audio tape is false and fabrication by the suspect.
As a newspaper, we wish to commend the police for their swift response by first issuing a statement and going ahead days later to arrest Patrick Asiedu. The anxiety it created in the system is one that erodes the confidence of the general public in the police service.
The arrest would go a long way in assuaging Ghanaians, who have already lost the trust of the police service.
While, we acknowledge the effort of the police, we wish to remind the Inspector General of Police, George Akuffo Dampare that, the murder of Ahmed Hussein Suale, is still unresolved.
The family of Ahmed Suale, are being denied justice, the police must not only be seen to be working when one of its officer is touched or a situation as in the Patrick Asiedu case, where the professionalism of the whole police service is called into question.
This newspaper condemns in no uncertain terms the actions of Patrick Asiedu, we shudder to imagine what his motivation was, such acts not only dent the image of the police, but it attracts ridicule for the nation in the international community.
On the other hand, the nation, should not let the sacrifices made by Ahmed Suale be forgotten. His family should be given the best support and welfare to ease the burden of their loss.
It is also important that as a country we honour his sacrifice by making sure his death is not in vain.
One way to do ensure this is to carry out thorough investigations, uncover the culprits and bring them to speedy justice. That will serve as a deterrent to others.