Prof. Emmanuel Kwesi Aning

The Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) says with the increasing spate of violent crimes, criminals in the country will tend to include explosives in their operations.

Prof Kwesi Aning on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Wednesday stated that ‘ordinary’ people who take cognisant decision to acquire weapons and use them to terrorise others for economic benefit tend to find more advanced methods in staging their crimes to evade arrest.

According to him, explosives like AK47 and small weapons are available and easily obtained by people, including delinquents who can use them in violent crimes.

“When an individual decides to form a group or finds people who think like him and also decide to take that extra step of purchasing a weapon which is in excess in our society, I think we are going to see a transition from AK47, pump-action guns to the usage of explosives and the next couple of months or years to create more fear,” he told host Kojo Yankson.

The conversation surrounding insecurity in the country revived when the country once again was thrown into a state of shock when a group of armed robbers attacked a bullion van in James Town on Monday.

During the robbery incident, a police officer, Emmanuel Osei, and a hawker, Afua Badu, were shot to death by the gang while the driver got severely injured.

Meanwhile, the IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh, has pledged that no stone will be left unturned in his quest to ensure the killers of Constable General, Emmanuel Osei, are arrested.

He added that the police have deployed many security personnel on the roads to intensify patrols.

But Prof Aning stressed that until the state transforms its methodology in handling its security issues, violent crimes will continue to linger.

He further stated there are so many gaps in the security system in the country, thus, making crime attractive to people who mostly feel they have been failed by the state.

“We are seeing people who are making this rationale transitions and also knowing one that arrest and prosecution are extremely low, the probability of targeting and getting profit in terms to its relation to the original investment in guns and bullets is very high.

“And as people are committing these crimes, they have in mind that there is a profitability to it, and the risk is very low,” he stated.

On the same show, Security Analyst Dr Ismael Norman expressed worry over acquiring firearms in the country.

According to him, the police are not invasive enough when investigating people who apply to acquire firearms.

With the rise in crime rate and gun violence, he believes the Ghana Police Service (GPS) and the Ghana Armed Offices should use their knowledge and expertise to control this menace.

“We must push them [guns] out of the population,” he said.