Professor Kwesi Aning, Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, says the police are becoming too trigger happy, a situation he cast as deeply troubling and must not be allowed to continue.
He said the rate at which police officers have been bullying, visiting violence and using unreasonable force against the unarmed civilian population, culminating in deaths and injuries, was sickening and should be a worry to everybody.
Prof Aning lashed out at the conduct of the few bad elements in the service – when traveling on the roads, the intimidation, extortion of money from travelers, the lies around the use of the speed guns, bullying of drivers in instances where the vehicle is not doing that speed, point to a credibility gap in the police service.
This condemnation comes amid the reported execution-style murder of a man arrested by some police officers in Nkoranza over his alleged involvement in a robbery attack that happened on the Nkoranza-Kintampo road.
Albert Donkor is said to have been picked up from his mother’s property by heavily armed police officers, numbering about eight, taken into a bush, shot and killed him, dumped his body in the bucket of a police pick-up and carried the corpse to Accra.
The incident has frayed the relationship between the residents of Nkoranza and the police, culminating in a violent clash, which led to one person killed and five others badly hurt.
The family of Dorkor claim he was murdered by the police to destroy damning evidence against some police officers he had caught right in the act of robbing people.
The Reverend Dr. Mathias Sarkodie, the family’s spokesperson, claims the police carried out the execution-style murder of Donkor because he had chanced on a robbery attack involving some police officers and was going to expose them.
“The police know what happened and we are inclined to believe they murdered him to destroy the evidence.”
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