A Security analyst, Sani Adeb has described the latest shake up in the Police hierarchy as a hasty and ad hoc action intended to assuage the fears of the general public following the several armed robbery cases recorded this week.
On Tuesday, armed robbers in daylight stormed the Royal Motors at the North Industrial Area in Accra where amidst sporadic gunshots they succeeded in bolting with at least Gh¢500,000 of the company’s sales.
On Wednesday, armed robbers in Tema shot dead a Lebanese businessman believed to be working with soap manufacturing firm Delta Agro after he had visited the Zenith bank bolting with a cash sum of GHC200,000.
The Inspector General of Police, COP David Asante Apeatu on Thursday announced a reshuffle in the Service which saw Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, Director General of Police Operations of the service being moved to head the Research department. He is to be replaced by the Eastern regional commander DCOP Simon Afeku.
But Mr Sani Adeb in a interview with Kasapa News stated that the latest move by the police will not translate into improving the frightening security situation across the country.
“We should rather invest in resources and expertise into making the Police react in time whenever a crime has been committed. The lack of logistics to facilitate the work of the Police when a crime has been committed, rather emboldens the criminals because they have the tendency to believe that nothing will be done, the police will not respond in time and they’ll get away.
“We should also spend time to restore back the confidence of the public in the Police because the public plays a very important role in policing duties. Why is it that the Community Policing which was started some time ago which proved to be very very effect been stopped. American Embassy gave us logistics in the form of cross-country bicycles used in America to promote community policing in the neighbourhood, why have the bicycles been packed” Sani Adeb asked?