11 questions the IGP must answer about the Ayawaso West Wuogon security incident

It has not been an easy few months for the Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu as the country has been beset by a plethora of incidents that have citizens worried about their general security.

From increased armed robbery attacks, drive-by killings as well as the worrying kidnapping issue in the Western Region, the citizenry have had cause to question the readiness and ability of the police to protect them and also ensure that justice is done when a crime is committed.

The primary functions of the Force are those stipulated in Section 1 of the Police Force Act, 1970 (Act 350). It states among others that: “It shall be the duties of the Police Force to prevent and detect crime, to apprehend offenders and to maintain public order and safety of persons and properties”. It is safe to say at this moment that a vast majority of Ghanaians do not entirely trust in the service to carry out this function.

This current state of distrust has been heightened by the incident at La Bawaleshie on the day of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election as law and order broke down completely leading to the reported shooting of one person who is currently on admission at the 37 military hospital and injuries to several others.

The initial response from the Ghana Police Service over the activities of several hooded and heavily armed individuals, purportedly deployed from the offices of the national security to wreak chaos during the election was denial. Subsequent events supported by video footage shot by several media houses during their coverage of the incident, however, indicates that denial is not enough and the police command, headed by the IGP must answer questions.

1. What were the security preparations prior to the Ayawaso by-election and were all parties made away of the security arrangements?

2. Were they any meetings between the police and the national security secretariat prior to the by-election?

3. Were they any particular threats or intelligence concerning the election which could have led to its disruption and was this information passed between the two agencies as well as the Electoral Commission?

4. What is the state of intelligence sharing between the National Security and the Ghana Police considering the police were kept in the dark about the intelligence that led to the decision to deploy the NSC squadron?

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