A security analyst with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), says there are officers in the Police Service, who have resolved to frustrate the efforts of the Inspector General of Police.
According to Professor Kwesi Aning, even though Dr George Akuffo-Dampare is determine to make the Service better, the conduct of some of these personnel, keep undermining his works.
In an interview with Winston Amoah on the Super Morning Show on Wednesday, he bewailed the attitude of some personnel in their line of duty.
Dr Aning said the extortion of money by police officials amongst other acts lives little to be desired.
“I’ve stated this and let me repeat. Because IGP Dr Dampare seeks to transform the Service, located within the Service are also groups of bad nuts who have sworn that they will ensure that they’ll make the IGP sweat.
“I’m not the IGP; I haven’t spoken to him for weeks, but I can assure them that they will not win. Because there are also decent, dignified professionals within the Service, who are driven by the desire to deliver professional services to the people of Ghana”, he stated.
Professor Aning made these remarks while, expressing his opinions on the ongoing disturbances between the Police and the youth of Nkoranza.
He noted that the recent turn of events in the community raises questions about the credibility and professionalism of the Police in the discharge of their responsibilities.
According to him, the shooting of Albert Donkor, by the Police is an evidence of the trigger happy posture of some personnel within the Service; an act which must be looked that.
He explained that the situation, where Police officers resort to force and unprovoked violence in dealing with the public, must be addressed in order to boost public confidence in the Service.
He revealed that, his outfit is conducting a research in that regard.
The youth of Nkoranza in the Bono East Region have been on a rampage as they attacked the Municipal Police headquarters, demanding justice for Albert Donkor, a 28-year-old trader who was allegedly killed while in Police custody.
In their protest, they freed six other suspects picked up by the Police as armed robbers together with the deceased.
According to Joy News’ Ohemeng Tawiah, there was total chaos at the Police Station as the youth protested the tagging and subsequent killing of the deceased. They said the deceased is not an armed robber, demanding that those who killed him in custody must answer.
In expressing their anger, the youth on Tuesday, destroyed vehicles parked at the Municipal Police headquarters, before the reinforcement team arrived to maintain peace and order.
Following this development, the Police have beefed up security in the community, to forestall further mayhem.
Speaking with Paa Kwesi Schandorf on the AM News on Wednesday morning, JoyNews’ Ohemeng Tawiah disclosed that as of Wednesday morning, the Police have increased their visibility in the area.
He however noted, that he cannot predict the next action of the irate youth who have vowed to seek justice for their departed colleague.
“It’s a normal day, as it’s a normal day anywhere in any part of the country, just that the difference here in Nkoranza township is the fact that there’s increased Police presence on the main streets of Nkoranza.
“You can’t predict the youth that probably with the presence of the Police and the military team here, that should put the issue to rest.
“Let me also confirm that even when the Police reinforcement team arrived from Techiman, the youth would not even budge.
“They faced the Police team squarely by throwing stones whiles the Police team also fired warning shots and live rubber bullets on them. They were not perturbed. They continued to still their grounds to face the Police officers.
“So for you to suggest that, probably because of the presence of the Police-military team, that should put the story to rest, it will be too early to be considering and to be talking about that”.
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