General News of Friday, 2 February 2018
Managing Director of Security Warehouse Limited, Adam Bonaa has expressed worry over how political leaders have failed in delivering their campaign promises to the country over the years.
According to him, the thirst for power and supremacy by these politicians have added no value but plunged the country in the aspect of security as a result of the blind eye they have turned to the safety mechanisms in Ghana among other pressing issues.
This, he said has contributed to the surge in criminalities across the country, citing the recent attack at the Kwabenya District Police Headquarters by a gang of suspected armed robbers that led to the death of the police officer on duty, Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi and the escape of seven suspects who were in lawful custody.
Mr. Bonaa held that it is about time the tables turn around for improved interventions to take place.
“If you look at this jailbreak at Kwabenya, one would have thought that one of the safest place to be would be in the Police cells and so if the Police themselves come under attack and one of them is killed and suspects in police custody are freed, then one would say there is a lot to be desired when it comes to security and safety,” said.
He maintained that, “Our politicians over the years have paid lip service to how they going to protect us, it is always the bread and butter issues so I would have wished that a lot more would go into it.”
There have been concerns generally about security under the Akufo-Addo administration, following incidents of political party vigilantism across the country.
Mr. Bonaa however commended the government for taking measures to “retool” security services and assuring Ghanaians that the security agencies are working to ensure the general safety of the population.
“The current government is putting in a lot in terms of retooling the Police service and some of the security agencies… a number of vehicles were given to the Police service and so one would hope that it continues.
“I am also aware that about 400 motorbikes are being procured for the Ghana Police Service and so these are some of the things one would have wished the central government would put in place for the Ghana Police Service and the other security agencies,” he added.
Earlier, Mr. Adam Bonaa at the one-week memorial service of Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi proposed the deceased to be promoted posthumously to encourage police officers to be brave in executing their duties of providing maximum safety for Ghanaians.
Comparing the unfortunate incident to that of the late Major Mahama, the military officer lynched by Denkyira-Obuasi residents, Mr. Bonaa stressed that Inspector Ashilevi’s death would not be in vain as he is ready to ensure that the slain policeman is promoted in the shortest possible time.
The Police administration has since the incident at Kwabenya on the dawn of Sunday, 21st January 2018, begun a manhunt for the suspects which includes six Ghanaians and a Nigerian.
The police subsequently released the photos of the fugitives, and announced a GHC15,000 bounty for any information leading to their arrest.
It said it has so far arrested 12 suspects including three of those who escaped lawful custody.
Meanwhile, the family of the deceased police officer wants the state to honour him with a state funeral.
The spokesperson for the family, Robert Normesinu Ashilevi, who made the request at the one-week observation ceremony, said the tragic manner in which their breadwinner died necessitates such an honour.