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When Police/Military go gay, who is to help civilians?

26 Nov

Everyone can go gay for a number of reasons. On the surface of it, one can decide to merry when he/she is paid at the end of the month or is celebrating a special occasion like marriage anniversary, birthday and so on. But when the law enforcer decides to go gay there is trouble then one begins to think about the motivation behind their actions.

First of all, when the law enforcer becomes excited most a times it leads to abuses, violence and even deaths.

Ghanaians have for the past weeks been hit with news Police and Military abusing their powers of enforcing the laws of the state to enforcing the populace to the ‘obey before you complain syndrome.’

Recently, six policemen were jailed 20 years each for robbery. The six were sentenced along with four civilian accomplices on two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery, and were handed 20 years each on each count to run concurrently. That means they each get to spend 20 years in prison.

The convicts  Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Patrick Kwapong, Chief Inspector Thomas Adu, Sergeant John Adjapong, Corporal Lawrence Dennis Quansah, Lance Corporal Karim Muntari and Constable Benjamin Blejumah. Their civilian accomplices are Adams Amanor, Kwasi Tawiah, Peter Kwame Gyasi aka Kwame Tawiah and Bismark Ampofo. Two other suspects including one Jeffrey, are at large.

The convicts were tried for robbing one Kwaku Duah, a businessman based in Switzerland of huge sums of money and personal belongings in a hotel at Dzorwulu in Accra after attempting to frame him up as a drug dealer.

The news of the jailing of these men hit Ghana hard, it became the talk of the town for weeks and just when the matter begun dying down, the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), in collaboration with the Defence Intelligence arrested and placed five soldiers in custody over the gruesome assassination of the late Roko Frimpong, then Deputy Managing Director In-charge of Operations of Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) in 2007.

That was just the beginning of the end for the peace-loving Ghanaians, Two people arrested in Bawku for alleged shootings in the town were stripped naked and marched through the town.

The military like any other institution denied having stripped the two suspects naked until pictures and video emerged that confirmed that the military lied to Ghanaians and that the two suspects were clearly subjected to torture and humiliation.

A nineteen-year-old apprentice has alleged she was raped by one soldier and a policeman in Nalerigu during a military operation to restore calm after some people went on rampage to demand justice over the murder of former People’s National Convention (PNC) parliamentary candidate, Moses Alando Banaba. She claims the officers took turns to forcibly have sex with her. The victim told Joy News she sustained serious injuries and has since been to hospital for treatment.

In a move to calm tempers of Ghanaians, The Minister of Defense General Henry Smith, has given the assurance that government will thoroughly investigate recent allegations of human rights violations by some military officers in the northern parts of the country.
But the Defense Minister said Ghanaians should bear with the military as investigations are conducted.

He said: “At the appropriate time we’ll let the public know of our findings.”

I must say that this is not the first time such things are happening in the country, for those old enough to recall scenes of the atrocities of 1979 and the 80s when soldiers went on rampage this was a re-enactment of those disgusting moments in the country’s history.

Ghana cannot continue to witness these pockets of brutalities that are now becoming popular with our police and military personals.

These are the things that undermine the rule of law in every country. The people of Ghana will continue to enjoy the peace we are enjoying today when there is collaboration between the police/military to flush out criminals from our society but how can the public cooperate with these institutions when they continuously suffer brutalities from them.

So when the police and military decide to go gay, what will be the fate of the civilians in the country?  God bless Ghana.

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Posted by on November 26, 2009 in Africa

 

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