The National Democratic Congress (NDC) 2020 Parliamentary Candidate for the Oforikrom Constituency in the Ashanti region, Henry Osei-Akoto has chastised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for supervising over what he describes as a “state of insecurity”.
His comment comes after Police announced the arrest of a soldier, Sergeant Isaac Abbey and two others Godfred Amegbor and Ofei Darko for their alleged involvement in a shooting incident over a disputed piece of land at Zammrama line in Accra.
According to the Ghana Police Service, suspect Sergeant Isaac Abbey, allegedly shot and injured four people over a piece of land, the injured victims are however receiving treatment at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the statement added. Several widespread media reports across the country captured some uniformed armed personnel harassing, maltreating and at some instances shooting civilians.
The development has left citizens in fear with many worried over the current state of security in the country.
While experts blame poor processes of recruitment into the country’s security system, others believe government has resorted to recruiting non-qualified party footsoldiers into the various security services.
Commenting on the matter in an interview, Hon Henry Osei-Akoto says President Akufo-Addo must be blamed squarely for doing very little to curb the current security lapses in the country.
H.E President Nana Akufo-Addo is the Commander in Chief. He’s supposed to make sure Citizens are well protected. As a human rights lawyer and president, supervising a nation where security personnel are maltreating, harassing and shooting civilians instead of protecting and ensuring law and order, they’re rather doing the opposite and the president is doing very little about this, I think this is a cause for concern and so the blame should be hanged around the President’s neck.
This is unacceptable, a time will come when citizens will no longer entertain such brutalities and will be forced to fight back because people who ought to be protected are now being brutalized, so who protects the other? Hon Henry Osei-Akoto quizzed.
Story by Rafiq Abdulai