A Forensic Chartered Accountant at the Oncology Department of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Mr Awuni Achereba has expressed dissatisfaction over the behaviour and action of some military personnel on the police in the Northern region as it undermines the work of the law enforcement agency.
Last week some soldiers went on rampage and attacked some police officers in the Northern Regional capital Tamale, following the arrest of their colleague.
Describing the clash as quite appalling, Mr Achereba said it is totally unacceptable and against the law for law-enforcing agents to go on rampage, attacking one another.
Speaking on GhanaMONTIE with Nana Kwabena Ampratwum, the social commentator bemoaned the lack of training and discipline within the respective forces which sends a wrong message about law enforcement across the nation.
“The key point is that the two groups are law enforcers; one is trained for external aggression and the other is also trained for internal aggression…so for these forces to engage in acts of lawlessness simply denotes the height of impunity in the country”
“We must come to a compromise that we live within a framework of a legal system and so it is very bad and incurably uninteresting for such dastardly acts to happen”
Mr Achereba blamed the incessant attacks on the police personnel on the ‘brutalizing nature and rustic style of training that the law enforcement agencies are made to go through’.
“We do not get the quality of the people” he lamented.
The action by the soldiers followed the arrest of their colleague, Air Force Coporal Eric Darko by the police who according to sources had presented himself to the Northern Regional DOVVSU in Tamale to assist investigation into an assault case and to be processed for court for allegedly assaulting a civilian about three weeks ago.
The suspect took to his heels after he sought permission to make a call to his superiors at the Kamina Barracks in Tamale.
The police, however, pursued him and re-arrested him at a location behind Nassant Ventures, a popular supermarket in the metropolis.
When the police investigator, Constable Believer Fordjour was on his way back to the police station with Cpl Darko, he was accosted by four soldiers who were on guard duties at the Bank of Ghana (BOG) office and who intervened and promised to bring their colleague, who had been handcuffed, to the police station.
When the investigator refused to open the handcuffs on the suspect, he was assaulted by the soldiers, who forcibly took the keys from him and freed their colleague, who is said to be at large.
Colleagues of Cpl Darko reacted to the incident by rushing to town in their numbers to attack any policeman they sighted.
The angry police, realising that they were under siege in their own backyard also armed themselves for any possible attack by the soldiers who drove around the Regional and the Metropolitan Police commands, amid the firing of warning shots.
In all, about eight policemen sustained various degrees of injury in the separate attacks.
The attacks and counter-attacks confirm escalating tension among the two security agencies in the region.
This is the second clash between the two security agencies after one in March this year. The IGP and the Regional security council has set up a committee to probe the incident. Its findings are yet to be released.
The police and military command in the Northern region are meeting over the latest outbreak of violence.
Mark F. / silveronline24 / SilverFM