Energy analyst Kojo Opoku has backed the shoot-to-kill threat of the security team of the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) as part of moves to deter persons who attempt to destroy any property or power installation belonging to the company.
The security officers at GRIDCo gave the warning following a recent torching of some pipelines in the Tema power enclave and the cutting down of a pylon belonging to GRIDCo within the last two weeks.
Speaking to journalists as part of a tour of the affected pipelines, which belong to a private company, Cirrus Oil Services, the Head of Security at GRIDCo, Major (retired) Lawrence Appiah said: “We want to tell those who are doing this because they do not want the good of Ghana to be very careful in what they intend to do. We are ready with the soldiers. We know the rules of engagement, but we will not hesitate if the arrest will not work, to shoot to kill because Ghana must succeed.”
“We all know how the government is working hard to improve power for all to enjoy. Unfortunately, some people are not interested and are trying to do things to bring it down. We are not going to sit down and allow it, so we have done all that we need to do. We have soldiers, police, the BNI and National Security assisting us to ensure that we nip it in the bud”.
Commenting on this on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Wednesday, 10 April 2019, Mr Poku told show host Benjamin Akakpo that: “I’ll want to say that I’m 100 per cent in favour of the shoot-to-kill policy of anybody that goes near any of these infrastructure because they should be designated as a high-security areas.
“Nobody should be seen near them. In Ghana, one of the things we do wrong is communication; we should use this medium to educate people and let them understand that every infrastructure that you’ll see which is for generation or distribution is a security infrastructure so do not go near them.”