Ex-President Jerry Rawlings has charged the security agencies to be up and doing as they owe the rest of the country a duty to keep everyone safe and secure.
According to Rawlings Ghana should be safe and secured from armed groups. He also urged “utmost confidence and professionalism” in confronting the menace. His charge follows what is turning out to be a daily trend of violent robberies attended by killings of victims in recent days.
In a tweet message Thursday March 1, 2018, ex-president Rawlings reminded the security agencies that they “owe us the responsibility of keeping the nation safe and secured.”
“Let us all confront this menace with utmost confidence and professionalism while ensuring that no one, high or low takes advantage of our vulnerabilities,” he wrote.
Mr Rawlings has also expressed hope that the spate of robberies is not politically motivated “within or without” to undermine the country’s security machinery.
“Let us hope the recent robbery and killings is downright plain robbery and not a politically motivated action from within or without, calculated to undermine those in charge of the security machinery in order to pave the way for certain parochial ambitions,” he added.
There have been five separate robberies in less than 48 hours, in which at least one person was left dead.
Royal Motors robbery
The first was an attack at the office of Royal Motors Limited at Industrial Area Tuesday and the second happened at the Tema Industrial Area Wednesday.
In the Tema attack, a Lebanese cashier at a soap-manufacturing company, Delta Agro, identified as Ahmed Safiadeen, 54, was shot in the head as the robbers made away with GHS200,000.
The money was withdrawn from the bank and was to be paid as salaries to workers of the company. The suspects trailed the victim from the bank and ended up killing him
Woman killed by Robbers
Hours after the Tema tragic incident, a 44-year-old woman was fatally stabbed while on her way to her home in Obuasi in the Ashanti Region.
‘We’re ready to die’
Despite these constant attacks the Director of Operations for the Ghana Police Service, COP George Akufo Dampare has said although his outfit is logistically deficient, they are ready to put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of every Ghanaian.
Speaking in an interview, Dampare also noted that the support of the citizens will go a long way to help the Police Service combat the increasing rate of crime in the country.
“We want to give them [citizens] the assurance that we will go every length, including losing our lives to make them safe. We understand that we are not there yet, in terms of the full complement of our equipment. We also understand that over the years, government after government has made an attempt to bring us to a particular level in terms of equipment,” he said.