No, No, Not Now!


Joseph Boakye Danquah



Investigations into the murder of the late MP for Abuakwa North, JB Danquah, have so far been spared any hitch or tongue lashing by those eager to see the faces behind the criminality. The police who rarely receive plaudits for their work had plenty of it from the Minority Leader for their swift response to the distressed family and general management of the post-murder situation.

We are excited at the new template of policing unfolded during the crisis. The Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, we have learnt from the discourse of the Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has performed creditably in the face of the shock suffered not only by the bereaved family but Ghanaians in general.

Unfortunately, however, it does appear that something has just not worked out well, a day after the murder. The sudden transfer of the case from the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, we have learnt, has prompted questions which nobody in the Police Service is ready to talk about.

The cancellation of a press conference which was to have updated the media about the progress of investigations so far triggered questions from the media about what could have gone amiss.

Curious media representatives, in the face of tight-lipped personnel, made do with speculations, some of which were about the possibility that there was a crude transition from one set of handlers of the investigations to another.


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It is not unusual for investigations to progress from the regional command level to the CID headquarters, the IGP exercising his discretion over such matters.

However, when such a decision is to be taken some finesse would be most appropriate. We are looking forward to a breakthrough in the investigations into the death of the late JB Danquah and think when there is an abrupt and rather crude transfer, it can have a negative effect on the expected dividend.

We do not want to doubt the obsession of all the top echelon of the law enforcement agency with seeking and apprehending the brain(s) behind the murder of the Abuakwa North MP. It is our take, however, that all hands must be on deck in the operation lest people develop cold feet in a crucial matter which should be spared such apathy.

We call on the Police Administration not to give room to speculation which made the rounds yesterday.

The media, as to be expected, would construct the story using available material at their disposal to reach a conclusion. We can neither afford a turf war nor a mad obsession to impress those in-charge of promotions by running others down. Let us fear God in whatever we do, for providence would judge us tomorrow. The killer(s) of JB Danquah must be smoked out, named and jailed or hanged, not some name-seeking citizens. There should not be any semblance of confusion in the management of this tough assignment.

 


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