General News of 2014-01-22

Bombande discredits WANEP ‘chaos’ report

Executive Director of the West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP), Emmanuel Bombande, has described as “substandard”, a national human security report published by the security group which warned of impending social chaos due to economic hardship and targeted killings.

Discrediting the report published by his own organisation, Mr Bombande said the report was “subjective and judgmental and conclusive in a way that was substandard”.

“We are apologising to the general public for the anxiety created by the report”, he said.

In a statement, Mr Bombande said WANEP "profoundly regretted" the "poor quality" of the report which he admitted was not peer reviewed before publication.

He conceded that: “The analyses are fundamentally flawed…and so conclusively this report is suggesting something else”.

The report, released on Tuesday by the National Network Coordinator for WANEP-Ghana, Isaac Bayor, said there was a rising form of criminality - targeted killings (homicide) or direct attacks.

According to the report, armed robbery accounted for about 38.33% of incidents recorded in the last quarter of 2013. The total number of death resulting from these attacks was ten (10) and twenty-three (23) victims severely injured.

“These situations, coupled with public discontent over the government’s efforts to manage corruption and address economic hardships, the emergent violent attacks on some Police Stations and Barracks by criminals, and increasing incidents of Target Killings (Homicide), might risk the present political and general stability in the country if not well managed,” the report said.