A security analyst, Col. Festus Aboagye (Rtd.) has called on government to expand the resources of the Ghana Police Service to enable it effectively fight crime.
According to him, the charge by President Akufo-Addo to bring the armed robbers who killed the Mfantseman MP to book will yield no results if the prevailing conditions of the Service remain the same.
The President, on Monday, visited the family of the late Ekow Quansah Hayford and expressed his condolences and commitment to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.
The NPP MP was shot on the Abeadze Dominase – Abeadze Duadzi – Mankessim Road on his return from a campaign trip on October 9.
While communicating government’s readiness to support the family through this difficult time, he stated that the murder of Ekow Quansah Hayford, “is a big blow to me and this is why I have made it known to the IGP that if nothing is done about this particular matter, what will happen will happen.”
But speaking on Top Story, Col Aboagye (Rtd) argued that the quest to secure justice in this matter might be “too much to ask” considering the myriad of unsolved cases under the watch of the police service.
He highlighted some cases including the killing of investigative journalist Ahmed Suale, the Takoradi girls, J.B. Dankwah among others whose trails have gone cold with justice still hanging in the balance.
“There are unresolved cases dating back to about 2014 long before this IGP came onto the scene. So wouldn’t we be asking too much of the IGP to resolve a case like this which has parallels in some of the other cases that all of us term as unresolved cases?”
Col Aboagye understand that the President’s statement was made to apply some pressure on the IGP to accord the necessary professionalism to ensure the swift execution of justice.
However, he believes that it requires more than pressure.
He told Evans Mensah that the solution is not as “simple as calling in the IGP to do something that he hasn’t got the resources the resources to do.”
“How many detectives does the police have? What level of training do they have to resolve such complex cases like this one? How well are they resourced in funding to pay informants for information.”
Col. Festus Aboagye (Rtd) further wants the government to channels its energy towards providing the service with ample logistics as well as enhancing the skills of personnel through the development of a strategic plan and efficient implementation mechanisms.
This, he believes, will adequately empower the police force and help them carry out their duties and effectively solve crime in the country.