Security expert, Dr Kwesi Aning says the rising spate of dramatic and brutal killing of people in the country is set to continue, saying that the phenomenon reflects our changing society.
He attributed the phenomenon to rising tension in society, impatience among people and their unpreparedness to use established processes and procedures to resolve differences.
Dr Aning, who is the Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR) at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Teshie, was speaking to The Finder in an exclusive interview on the recent murders in the country.
Some of the people who have been murdered recently are Nana Kwaku Dwoma Ankoana, chief of Seikwa in the Tain District of the Brong Ahafo Region, who was shot dead; Rose- mond Nyampong, a 32-year-old who worked with Stanbic, who was killed at Baatsonaa in Accra; Nii Ayittey No- ryatse, chief of Joma, near Ablekuma in the Greater Accra Region; and Fennec Okyere, manager of musician Kwaw Kesse, who was shot dead on the Spintex Road.
The others are 26-year-old vulcaniser Rashid Mustapha, whose body was found at the Aboabo Forest in Tamale; and 29-year-old network engineer Nazira Alhassan, who was shot several times in Tamale by an unidentified assailant at his residence.
Dr Aning stressed the need for the law enforcement agencies, including the police and judiciary, to. endeavour to adapt to the changing tactics of criminals in order to help check the wanton killings.
He stated that in fast-expanding economies and transforming societies, people seen as stumbling blocks to the success of others, be they land owners, honest public officials or chiefs, are dealt with, adding “people use all means necessary to eliminate those they perceive as standing in their way to success.”
According to Dr Aning, the rapid transformation of the Ghanaian society has engendered tension and stress, saying that the country’s ability to manage the tension and stress at all levels through institutional mechanisms hold the key to addressing the situation.
He said Ghanaians should expect more of such killings because “criminals always want to exploit tension that arises in a rapidly transforming society.”
“When we say that we are middle income, it is positive, but it is not positive all round. As the economy expands, it brings with it tensions, since it is not everyone who becomes a beneficiary of the growth, and this can bring unnecessary pressure on people,” he stated.
He said the public expect the police to apprehend suspects, investigate and successfully prosecute them to generate trust in the institutions, adding that, “if the courts are perceived to deliver judgement based on facts, it generates trust in the court system.”
Dr Aning tasked the police to rescue society because “societies that leave in fear are not always the most successful.”
He wants National Security to focus on human security and address issues such as road accidents, flooding and other happenings that put fear in Ghanaians.