Support, enforce anti-militia law – Akufo-Addo to police

President Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday, 22 March 2019, called on the police administration to support the passage of the law against political party thuggery. The president said this at the end-of-year WASSA of the Ghana Police Service, at the Police Headquarters in Accra...


President Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday, 22 March 2019, called on the police administration to support the passage of the law against political party thuggery.

The president said this at the end-of-year WASSA of the Ghana Police Service, at the Police Headquarters in Accra.

“As you know, I have tasked the Attorney General to prepare and submit to Parliament, as soon as possible, specific legislation to deal with this phenomenon of vigilantism and provide appropriate sanctions against its occurrence. I am asking for the full support of the police service in the passage of the law and in its enforcement. We owe it to the Ghanaian people and to generations yet unborn to maintain the peace and stability of our nation, which our generation enjoys.”

Mr Akufo-Addo also reiterated his commitment to ending the worrying and unacceptable phenomenon of party militarism in the country.

He stated: “As I indicated in my message on the state of the nation to parliament, I am determined to end acts of political party vigilantism. I have said so on several occasions, and I will repeat it. Crime is crime, it has no political colour, and the police should act against any person or group of persons engaged in unlawful acts.”

Describing the peace, the safety of people, and the territorial integrity of the country as the most important things for a nation, Mr Akufo-Addo noted that the issue of law and order is particularly germane in running the country, at a time when indiscipline, lawlessness, kidnappings, murders, assault by and against police officers, vigilantism, amongst others, are threatening the rule of law.

He emphasised the government’s determination to work with the police to guarantee the security of citizens in accordance with the rule of law and assured the public that whatever support is required to ensure that the country has a police service that the people of Ghana deserve, will be done.

“And to that end, we are, amongst others, constructing a new National Detective Training Academy in Kenyasi No.1, in the Ahafo Region; and we have promoted one thousand, five hundred and two (1,502) senior police officers and eighteen thousand, eight hundred and fifty-three (18,853) junior officers, since I took office in 2017, with over two thousand, two hundred and thirty (2,230) in the first quarter of 2019, a development which has been described as unprecedented by the IGP,” Mr Akufo-Addo added.

He continued: “The construction of three hundred and twenty (320) housing units for officers at the National Police Training Academy is ongoing, and four thousand (4,000) police officers are being recruited into the Service, with two thousand (2,000) already under training. The government has, so far, supplied three hundred and twenty (320) vehicles to the Police Service, with two hundred and seventy-three (273) soon to be delivered. In addition, three (3) helicopters are being procured to facilitate Police operations, with some selected Police Officers set to be trained as pilots.”

Touching on the image of the law enforcement agency, Mr Akufo-Addo commended the police for arresting the ‘trotro’ driver and his ‘mate’ who assaulted a police officer, Constable Julius Mawuli Ekpe, on the Mallam-Kasoa road in Accra.

“In and around the same time, some police officers were also seen assaulting two journalists, Malik Sulemana and Raissa Sambou. I am happy that the IGP has moved quickly to interdict the police officers, who were responsible for the assault, ordering immediate investigations into the matter,” he stated.

President Akufo-Addo noted that: “It is important for the growth and development of society that justice is done to all manner of persons without fear or favour, affection or ill-will. It is in everybody’s interest that the police service retains the neutrality and professionalism guaranteed under the Constitution.”

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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